problems sewing elastic

elijacobApril 7, 2013

Hi. I'm trying to sew a piece of elastic onto the strap of a backpack. As you can see in the photo, the stitching on the reverse side keeps bunching up, and eventually my needle gets stuck. I am sewing perpendicular to the stretch. Anyone have any ideas how to solve this?

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Annie Deighnaugh

It looks like a tension problem....

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 6:31PM
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Birdnesting. I've had this prob before. For me it was fixed by adjusting a little screw in the bobbin case. Not sure if that's the fix for you. But here's a link on how to trouble shoot it.


Here is a link that might be useful: Birdnesting

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 2:41PM
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annie and nel, thanks so much for your comments. i used pins to give it a bit more tension, and it got better. thankfully, i don't mind so much if it looks a little messy, because this will all be hidden from view. i just want to make sure it's strong enough.

i'll try changing the tension in the bobbin case if the problem continues.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 10:23PM
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you are probably using the wrong needle. There are needled for woven and needles for Knits.
Elastic sews in best if you used needles for Knits... the needle makes a big difference

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 3:50PM
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