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problems sewing elastic

Posted by elijacob (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 7, 13 at 13:18

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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RE: problems sewing elastic

It looks like a tension problem....

RE: problems sewing elastic

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

RE: problems sewing elastic

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.

RE: problems sewing elastic

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

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