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From: toastydeath
Date: 03-17-2006, 09:59 PM (1 of 10)
I've got a batch of fabric that slides on the wrong side in one direction very, very readily. Pinning it works to some extent, but pulling it taunt works better. I have to sew this in the direction that slides - I can minimize the amount I have to do, but it's unavoidable. Even though pulling it is not a good solution, I cannot pull it taunt as the fabric edge starts under the presser foot as I sew - making a really large problem right off the start.

Any suggestions on working with this in a fast, efficient way?
User: toastydeath
Member since: 03-11-2006
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From: esrun3
Date: 03-17-2006, 10:09 PM (2 of 10)
Have you tried using some stabilizer? Maybe that would help keep it from sliding while you sew.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-17-2006, 10:46 PM (3 of 10)
Have you tried a walking foot?
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From: toastydeath
Date: 03-17-2006, 10:48 PM (4 of 10)
Unfortunately, my machine does not have a walking foot. I'll give the stablizer a shot, though.
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Member since: 03-11-2006
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-17-2006, 11:10 PM (5 of 10)
If you have a scrap of some other fabric handy, cut a little swatch and put it under the presser foot. Start sewing, and then place your fashion fabric on top, just barely overlapping--Your machine is already "feeding," and ready to take in the new piece. After you've sewn your seam, you can just clip off that scrap from the top. This works well when your fabric is flimsy or slippery and either doesn't want to go in or else wants to get squished down toward the bobbin on the first stitch. Good luck!
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-17-2006, 11:33 PM (6 of 10)
You could -try- making it a little 'tacky' with some Sulky KK2000 spray. (it's not as sticky as 505, nor does it have a bad smell and it washes right out.)
Keep an eye on the needle and the machine bed, that THEY don't get too tacky...(it usually comes right off with some alcohol). (make sure it doesn't stain...)
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From: toastydeath
Date: 03-18-2006, 02:58 AM (7 of 10)
I'd try the foot feed item, but the slip occurs the entire way down the seam, not just at the beginning. It's like I've suddenly outfitted my machine with differential feed, and found myself unable to adjust it.
User: toastydeath
Member since: 03-11-2006
Total posts: 13
From: paroper
Date: 03-18-2006, 06:48 AM (8 of 10)
Back when embellishing/embroidery was pretty new we didn't have stabilizers. We used paper. You might try that. It will dull you needle and you need to be sure and give your machine a good cleaning when you are through.

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From: bridesmom
Date: 03-19-2006, 09:39 PM (9 of 10)
What about using wonder tape to tape the two pieces together on the seam allowance, then sewing them?? (or something else that sticks on both sides - steam a seam??)
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From: stephi
Date: 03-22-2006, 02:16 PM (10 of 10)
I had this awesome teal green material I made a dress for my daughter and it did the same thing. I ended up ironing a strip of interfacing along where I needed to sew. You would never know that it was on there I have attached a picture of the dress after...

You can see it turned out fine, this material felt like silk and cut like plastic??

Hope this helps Stephi

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"if you do what you have always done you will get what you have always gotten"
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