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Mixed Feelings.... Do I love or hate knit fabric?

I have been working with jersey knits lately. Although I love the look and feel of quality jersey fabrics I have not decided if I like sewing them.
Question what are your tricks to working with jersey? Do you have a love hate relationship with knit fabrics?
My biggest dilema right now is with using twin needles on knits. I keep getting skipped stitches. Is it a tension thing in the bobbin?

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Comment by Mary Lou on June 28, 2010 at 4:10pm
oh yes and use quality polyester wrapped polyester or cotton wrapped poly depending on content of knits, ball point needles of course and change them frequently. Might also help to adjust the feed dogs up or down.
Comment by Mary Lou on June 28, 2010 at 4:07pm
I;m with u, love the look and feel of all kinds of knits but always have trouble working with them! Don't know about twin needle sewing of knits as I don't own a twin needle machine, but if the skipped stitches are on top, its the thread tension to the needles, if skipped on bottom, bobbin tension. Might be a good idea to do some test stitching on scraps after adjusting both tensions up and down.
Comment by Patricia McClain Osborne on June 24, 2010 at 10:04pm
Thanks so much for the information. I shorten alot of knit dresses, shirts, etc. So having skipped stitches as an issue creates problems when you have a lot of alterations to do. I have not come across a double needle ball point at any of the fabric stores in my area. I will be looking on line. I will try one of SWN fabric store sponsors to see what they have to offer.

Once again thanks for the great responses. I am so happy to be a part of this community. Everyone is so helpful here.
Comment by Rita on June 24, 2010 at 5:00pm
You must use ball point needles to stop the stitch skipping.
Comment by Marcia Anderson on June 24, 2010 at 1:44pm
I love to work with knits. Using a ball point needle is important, and so is tiny zigzag stitch if you don't have a serger. Other info has already been shared, so no need to duplicate it. Once I started working with knits, I really dreaded working with wovens.

Comment by Erika on June 24, 2010 at 10:30am
Twin needle is good for hems, but you will get skipped stitches if you're not using a ballpoint twin. For seams, use a narrow zigzag or the triple straight stitch. You can also use a dual feeder to help prevent the seams from stretching. Check out my more comprehensive tips at
Comment by Roseana Auten on June 24, 2010 at 9:45am

I can only echo what everyone else has said here. A serger makes the best seam for knits, and a good, used one runs about $300. Failing that, make sure your conventional machine is in good order. Use a ball point needle and good, all-polyester thread (such as Mettler or Gutterman), set your zig zag stitch to its narrowest length, and practice a lot on your fabric scraps before you dive into your actual project. Good luck and let us know how you make out!

Comment by Katherine Lynch on June 24, 2010 at 9:28am
oh yeah, sergers are awesome!!
Comment by Bunny on June 24, 2010 at 7:39am
You probably need to use ball point needles when sewing jersey and a good quality thread in top and bobbin, never mix the type of thread top and bottom. If you change your needle after every 8 hrs of stitching you will get a better stitch. Also if you still have trouble use tissue paper on bottom this helps to stabelize the fabric.
Comment by sawsan on June 24, 2010 at 7:34am
I heard (not practice ) if u put a slice if newspaper down under the material and sew will be fine
Also i know that with small zig zag insted of twin needle which i never used before .

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