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I’m trying to sew a shirt using a stretchy shirt material (like a nice good quality turtleneck fabric). At first i was using a regular needle and it kept skipping stitches, so I Youtubed it and everyone said I needed a ball-point needle for knit fabrics. So, I went out and bought ball-point needles for medium weight fabrics. Now, only 1 or 2 stitches actually go through! It got a thousand times worse! I don’t know what to do. Please help!
P.s: the needles sew fine on my regular fabrics, so I don’t think it’s my bobbin or the way my machine is threaded.
Thank you!


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    Sep 1, 2016, 01.45 PMby bjr99

    I am going to suggest you get stretch needles. They work even better than ball point needles. Also, check all of your tensions and work on scraps of fabric until it comes out right. I use them all the time for my dance costumes and have no problems.

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    Sep 6, 2016, 01.10 PMby Deanna31

    I’m not too sure if it works on a domestic machine… but on my industrial machine, all I do is unscrew the needle, pull the needle down a little then re-screw it in, just so its a little lower. Then I turn it by hand to make sure that the needle won’t break. Sometimes it still misses stitches going over seams, and all I do is press down on the front of the sewing foot while I sew those few stitches, to make sure it is definitely touching the fabric. Also, you don’t really need fancy needles to sew stretch fabric… what you need is a sharp needle, one that doesn’t have any burs on the point. If you fail all that and your desperate – grab some thin paper (maybe baking paper), place it under the fabric and sew straight through the paper. Then afterwards, tear the paper along the seam to remove it.

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