Originally Posted by Hooch
Ok, I need your help, HF gang. I tried to start in on my first true DIY project, but am having sewing machine issues (actually, the whole freakin' subscription). I'm trying to sew polyester straps on my sewing machine I got for Christmas (early). Every time I start sewing, I jam up after just a few stitches. The thread knots on the bottom and I'm stuck. What am I doing wrong? I've tried changing to a heavier needle, adjusting the top tension, adjusting stitch length and even changing thread. I'm at my absolute wit's end and don't have the foggiest as to what to do. Do any of the DIY crew have any ideas, tips, tricks or advice? Anything would be greatly
appreciated. Thanx a mil in advance!
There are a lot of things you could be doing wrong and if you are like I was when I first started you will hit all of them at one time or another. What brand of beer are you drinking, I found a higher quality beer helped with my sewing.
What make and model sewing machine did you get? I found a yahoo group for my brand of sewing machine and they are a good source of info. They don't know much about the materials we use but they know their sewing machines.
You could have issues with the needle type (they have sharp, universal, and ball point). You could have issues with thread size versus needle size. You could be trying to sew too fast for that thick of material. You could be back stitching first with small stitch length and zig-zag that creates a blob that the feed dogs can't pull past when you try to sew forward. You might not have got the top thread firmly in the top tension plates. You might be pulling on the material too much and be bending the needle. You have a lot of things and like someone else mentioned, webbing can be tough to sew in general.
Can you sew a good basic stitch with other fabric?