Bird nesting when sewing a particular fabric?
I am getting bird nesting only when sewing several layers of stretchy knit fabric. When I sew a lightweight cotton type material, I have no problems whatsoever, I have straight even stitches with perfect tension. As soon as I try to work on the stretchy knit, I get bird nesting every time. Any ideas?
You need a ballpoint needle for knits. If you buy Schmetz, your choices will be universal point (works on both knits and wovens pretty well — a good compromise for most fabrics), jersey, for stable knits, and stretch, for things like swimming suit lycra fabrics.
You may also need some stabilizer of some sort under or on top of the fabric. What sometimes happens with very stretchy fabrics is that the either get shoved down the needlehole with the needle, and the stitch doesn’t form properly, or the fabric rises up with the needle… this is called “fabric flagging”, and essentially your fabric acts like a miniature trampoline. Try tissue paper or newsprint or wash away or tear away embroidery stabilizer to see if that fixes things up.
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