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Valvaren
05-11-2014, 11:18 AM
I just got my first sewing machine, a brother SE400. I'm trying to make something with a pattern of circles. I'm using knit fabric and originally tried basting (?) but it was just bunching all over the place so I switched to a zigzag stretch stitch which isn't bunching and is working better except for the fact that when I come full circle I have an extra bump of fabric. Is there anyway around this?

Thanks in advance!

gremlin
05-12-2014, 12:06 AM
Knit material can be difficult to work with because of how it stretches. You can try pinning it - I mean really pinning it - with the pins right next to each other.

Or you can try an iron on adhesive to hold it in place. You may still end up with some thickness around the edge since I presume you are turning the edge under... You can cut notches all around the edge that you turn under to remove some of the excess so it doesn't create quite as much thickness.

weareborgswife
05-12-2014, 12:47 AM
Knit material can be difficult to work with because of how it stretches. You can try pinning it - I mean really pinning it - with the pins right next to each other.

Or you can try an iron on adhesive to hold it in place. You may still end up with some thickness around the edge since I presume you are turning the edge under... You can cut notches all around the edge that you turn under to remove some of the excess so it doesn't create quite as much thickness.

Yes to all of the above- also make sure you are using a ball point needle to help with the sewing, and if you can lighten the presser foot pressure so it isn't stretching things out.

Valvaren
05-12-2014, 09:47 AM
Thank you for the responses. Should the pins be right at the edge and removed as I go around? Right now I am using them in the middle :S. I am using a ball point needle.

I'm not sure what you mean by turning the edge under but perhaps I should be doing that. Also lighting the presser foot is something i'm going to try for sure!

Thank you again and sorry for not knowing much :S

gremlin
05-12-2014, 11:47 AM
If you sew a piece of material on to another one, the raw (or cut) edge is exposed. It is customary to turn that edge under (so it is between the two pieces of fabric) to prevent it from fraying too bad.

I would put the pins right at the edge since that is what you are wanting to stitch. They will help to keep the material from sliding around or stretching too much. Yes, remove as you sew. Some people are "brave" and will sew right over the pins and remove them after they are done sewing. I don't do that because when I do, I end up hitting the pins and breaking the needle.




I took some pictures so you can sort of see what I am talking about.....

This is the cut or raw edge. It can fray right out from under the stitches.

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Cutting notches in the edge. You can cut each notch individually, or you can use pinking shears along the edge. The tighter the curve, the deeper the notch needs to go.

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This is what it looks like turned under (from the back side). I turned it under with a piece of paper between the two layers of material so you could see the edge better. I held it with scotch tape. Usually, I iron it then pin it so it stays in place while I sew.

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Close up of the no notch section. The material forms pleats which add thickness to the edge. This is okay if you are stuffing it and making a padded circle, but if you want it to lay flat . . . not so good.

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The notched edge lays much flatter. This would allow the circle to lay flatter with a smoother edge.

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Hope this helps.

Angela
05-12-2014, 08:32 PM
How are you supposed to learn if you don't ask questions? Don't be sorry!!!!

I think that I would hand sew the circles down (after notching, turning under and ironing, like Gremlin said) using big stitches and bright thread rather than a gazillion pins. Then, after it is sewn down, remove the hand stitching. That is the reason for the bright thread, so you can see it easily to remove it all.

I am very much a novice with the sewing machine, but two things I have learned: Pins are our friends (I would pin it down before hand sewing it), trying to hold fabric in place with your hands while sewing rarely works out well. And ALWAYS iron. It makes a world of difference.

Valvaren
05-15-2014, 04:34 PM
Thank you so much Gremlin for the photos!! I'm going to try the notching and ironing and I never thought of fraying so the turning under is a huge help.

I also never though of trying to quickly hand sew it first.

Thank you guys so much for your help, I'll be sure to let you know if I can get it to work and if I can i'll be sure to include pictures!!! Thank you all again!!!

gremlin
05-15-2014, 04:37 PM
You're welcome. I don't usually do the hand sewing part (just because I hate to sew - period). That's why I use lots and lots and lots of pins. (I don't even use a gather thread - I pin my gathers!)

I'll look forward to seeing the pictures!