Since our cold snap arrived this past week I have been wearing my favorite jacket. It’s warm and comfortable…. and about 10 years old. Though it’s great for a walk in the neighborhood, it’s no longer so pretty going places where I’d like to look nice. I decided to use some very thick sweatshirt fleece to make myself a new casual jacket and, since the material was sweatshirt fleece, I decided to use a twin needle for all the top stitching, as is found in ready to wear sweatshirts. I set up my machine for twin needle sewing and chose a 6.0/90 needle for the job.
(If you have forgotten how to set up your machine for using twin needles, please see my June 6, 2018 blog entry or your machine’s manual.) I made all the necessary changes in my Settings Menu and began my first top stitching using my Interchangeable Dual Feed foot. The foot would not budge on the top of the fabric! I had lowered my presser foot pressure and had set everything up correctly, so what was the problem? It turns out the plastic “feet” on the bottom of the “walking” foot that are supposed to keep the top and bottom layers of fabric moving together, were catching and getting snagged on the fashion side of the sweatshirt fleece. The answer? I used two scrap pieces of tear away stabilizer, placing each piece under each side of the foot so the plastic teeth could interact with the stabilizer instead of with the sweatshirt fleece.
I used tear away stabilizer in case I happened to inadvertently sew over it; I could just tear it away from the stitch with no harm done and no using the seam ripper! All I had to do now was to lower the speed of my machine, which is a good idea anytime you are using twin needles, and keep my eye on the seam, repositioning the pieces of stabilizer as I went along. The jacket is not quite finished: it still needs side seams, a hem and elastic around the wrists of the sleeves, but I’m pretty pleased so far. May your sewing by obstacle free this week!