Jessica

Added Jun 25, 2007

By burdastyle

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Description

Bikini Time!

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Swimwear
Style
Beach

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    Sep 5, 2011, 12.44 PMby WhisperingPines

    Didn’t this pattern use to be free, once upon a time?

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    Jul 5, 2011, 07.11 PMby disy

    Proper size ballpoint needles are essential for sewing anything stretchy also what I have found to be very helpful is wolly nylon in the bobbin and using a walkingfoot attachment. The best places for great stretch fabrics are http://www.stretchhouse.com www.spandexworld.com both in NYC

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    Feb 12, 2011, 04.24 PMby crissy123

    What materials can you line the top and bottom with?

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    Apr 13, 2010, 07.31 PMby lelie

    and where to find lovely spandex? Not in my neighbourhood :(

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    Aug 20, 2009, 06.10 PMby sewinl0ve

    Use a ball point needle when you sew any stretchy fabrics, such as jersey or spandex and for delicate fabrics, such as silk or sheer fabrics. Regular needles will try to tear through the fibers, so since the needle cannot penetrate the fibers without breaking them it will just stretch the fabric down into the machine, thus causing the feed dogs to “eat” it instead of feed it through the machine. A ball point needle has a rounded tip which slips between the fibers instead of tearing through them. This is why so many people get frustrated when working with “difficult” fabrics. Many people don’t know the difference between the different types of needles, so now you do. Use a smaller size needle for lighter weight or more delicate fabrics. Increase the needle size according to the fabric weight / durability. I hope this info saves others from the sane frustration ;o)

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    Apr 19, 2008, 05.49 PMby violetbywil

    First of all you should be using a ball point needle on spandex.

    A trick I’ve employed on small spandex projects to make the fabric behave is apply fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric before you cut out the pieces. Then after you have the pieces cut out, cut back the interfacing to inside the seam allowances. When the you’re all done with your sewing pull the interfacing out. I’ve found this makes the whole process a little less frustrating. Credit goes to my sister for this idea.

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    Mar 10, 2008, 01.27 PMby immaseamster

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to sew on spandex material…I’m having the hardest time not breaking my machine.

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      Apr 15, 2011, 08.08 PMby funnymuffin

      sewinl0ve and violetbywil both have good responses to this problem. I would also like to add that sometimes I will put thin paper or coffee filters under difficult fabric when I sew. It might dull your needle a little faster, but it will prevent your sewing machine from eating the fabric. Good luck and happy sewing!

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