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    Puckering frustrations

    I've just begun working with waterproof fabrics, xenon wide in this case. I used my rolled hem foot for my first hem with the material and the hem looks puckered to me. I'm using a universal needle and I am not sure if I'm just being too particular about something outside of my control, or whether I need to change things up to get better stitching. I have read about tissue paper and using other fabrics to prevent grabbing but I'm not sure if this is the same thing. It very well may be normal. I don't own any silpoly or nylon products to compare to and most pictures I can recall aren't close enough to see the stitching. Any help would be appreciated, even if the answer is just to relax.






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    I don't have an answer, but am looking to start a tarp project myself. I will follow this to learn more.

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    Tissue paper or newsprint will certainly help slippery materials to be fed better.

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    Also try loosen thread tension a little bit

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    I didn't know what I was going to find in this post

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    What is the pressure setting on your foot?

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    1) In my opinion that needle is too big.
    2) Schmetz Microtex Sharp is much more suitable for lightweight fabrics.
    3) What thread size are you using? For this material, I would highly recommend Gutermann Mara100 (also known as Sew-All). This would pair with a 70/10 Microtex needle. Since you're using color thread I can likely assume it's Mara 70, which is fine but if you continue to use it, I would recommend a 80/12 Microtex.
    4) Decrease your bottom thread tension by a hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellyfish View Post
    What is the pressure setting on your foot?
    I'm not sure. I will have to look but i haven't changed it from how it came.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierT View Post
    1) In my opinion that needle is too big.
    2) Schmetz Microtex Sharp is much more suitable for lightweight fabrics.
    3) What thread size are you using? For this material, I would highly recommend Gutermann Mara100 (also known as Sew-All). This would pair with a 70/10 Microtex needle. Since you're using color thread I can likely assume it's Mara 70, which is fine but if you continue to use it, I would recommend a 80/12 Microtex.
    4) Decrease your bottom thread tension by a hair.
    Yes using mara70. I like to use complimentary colors. I'll try a 80/12 microtex. Thanks for your help

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    Looks like a tension issue. Maybe try playing with the tension. Your machine may also have an adjustment knob for the presser foot (sadly mine does not). I rarely use Marra 70 for anything but heavier material. I use a sew-all thread or Tera 80 thread for most of my projects (hammocks, quilts and tarps). For the Sew-all or Tera 80, I will use 70/10 needles. For Mara 70 and heavy material (Dyneema or pack cloth or tree straps), I will use the 90/14 or sometimes larger. Honestly though, for this amount of puckering, I would not worry too much about it for my personal gear. The seam looks strong enough for usage.

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