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From: healer1
Date: 05-06-2007, 08:39 PM (1 of 8)
I'm sewing with 100% cotton fabric and it keeps getting pulled under with the feed dogs. I have the correct tension and I have adjusted the feed dogs numerous times but I can't correct the problem. any suggestions?
User: healer1
Member since: 08-29-2003
Total posts: 2
From: siwian
Date: 05-07-2007, 06:39 AM (2 of 8)
Is it pulling under at the very beginning of the seam? Try starting with the back of your presser foot on the edge of the fabric.

If you need to start right on the edge of the fabric use a scrap piece butted up to the edge of your good fabric. Start sewing on the scrap piece and just continue to the good one.
User: siwian
Member since: 12-27-2001
Total posts: 114
From: DorothyL
Date: 05-07-2007, 08:20 AM (3 of 8)
If you are sewing a very narrow seam, I found a longer stitch helps.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: MartySews2
Date: 05-07-2007, 08:43 AM (4 of 8)
Are you using the right size needle? Sometimes that can change how the fabric behaves.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: healer1
Date: 05-07-2007, 12:51 PM (5 of 8)
Thanks for the tips everyone. I tried multiple needles. I think it is the fabric because when I did a test on another fabric I had no problems. I finally ended up just manhandling it to finish the topstitching. I hate experiences like that. I love to sew and that episode was NOT fufilling!
User: healer1
Member since: 08-29-2003
Total posts: 2
From: dmoses
Date: 05-07-2007, 01:29 PM (6 of 8)
If you are doing a straight stitch, then sometimes a straight stitch foot is helpful in this situation. You just have to be careful to change the foot when you change to another stitch.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: bridesmom
Date: 05-07-2007, 08:41 PM (7 of 8)
My MIL swears by putting a piece of tissue paper underneath the fabric while sewing the seam when she has problem fabric. I've tried it and it works. Just don't use red tissue paper on white fabric (duh! - don't ask, took forever to pick it all out with tweezers.)
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: paroper
Date: 05-07-2007, 10:20 PM (8 of 8)
You should be using a smaller size 9 or 10 SHARP (not universal or ball) needle with "normal" sewing thread and a slightly longer stitch.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
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