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    I use a Kenmore and just did a set of tree straps this AM without a problem.

    Ditto on what the others have said about replacing the needle
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    One other thought...when was the last time you oiled the machine. It can make a big difference.

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    Maybe try a smaller needle since most tree strap material isn't tightly woven a small needle might make it easier to penetrate. Also make sure it is a regular point needle not one with a ball point .

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    Likely the needle, but too vague a problem description

    Glad to hear you are sewing (a few of) your own straps. Almost certainly a "Kenmore" (or Kenny" from 1945-1975 can do this with the right and good needle and the right and good thread. There's enough power in the motor to drive the needle and feed once it is going. But, there are dozens of different Kenmores, and there could

    Likely the needle, but you could also have a way-too-tight, feed, squeezing strap between foot and needle plate. But the problem description is too vague. You rule out faults by trying other materials, needles, thread, and settings.

    The denim needle is not the easiest one to drive. It is designed to not break going through multiple layers of denim where the seam meets the hem --applicable -- and also not break climbing up to those multiple layers-- irrelevant to strap sewing.

    Use strong and heavy polyester thread for straps. Thin thread deteriorates much faster and may tear out sooner. Calls for a 16-20 (90/120) needle if that will fit in your machine. Maker of thread DOES NOT MATTER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junebugdawn View Post
    This may be your problem. I have a heavy duty sewing machine, but it does not like the heavy outdoor threads. I have trouble with it hanging up every time I have tried using that type. I just use 100% polyester thread now...Guttermans or other German thread when I have it. It holds just as well as outdoor thread.
    Thanks, I will try to use some regular threaad and see what happens. Have not had much time to get back to sewing. Spring is coming and so are all the spring related chores.

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    Re: Sewing tree straps

    Good tips here, even for other types of sewing. Thanks for the advice.

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