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I recently made a Jersey knit maxi skirt, using a cotton/poly blend medium-lightweight knit. I used only ballpoint needles, serged the edges with a four-thread overlock, and the seam was balanced and a normal stitch length. It looked great.

I wore it, washed it, and it was FULL of little seam holes. I’m upset. I’ve sewn with knits so many times before and have NEVER had holes before. What happened?

I am genuinely just hoping that it was a poor quality fabric. I got it at JoAnn fabrics. Can’t find anything about it on forums elsewhere. Please, let me know if you think I could do something to prevent it happening again!


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    Jun 23, 2014, 01.28 PMby bjr99

    I would have used a stretch needle. I find it works best with knits. It could be though that the fabric wasn’t of a good quality.

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    Jun 24, 2014, 12.52 PMby purplefan

    Besides the fabric quality, the needle size and maybe even the thread itself are contenders for causes of the holes. You had seams turn out well>perhaps the 4-thread overlock provided too much stress on the fabric, thus the holes? Maybe 3-threads or less would suffice?

    Glad you are noticing what happened after you completed the project and laundered it. This does happen-any applique or trim tips to help you cover the holes?

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    Jun 25, 2014, 06.47 AMby arisaid

    Was it a new needle?

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    Jun 26, 2014, 12.20 PMby Deanna31

    It was most likely a burr on the end of one of your needles. Run your finger across the tip – does it catch and snag?

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