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I have recently gotten back into sewing since the arrival of my dd Syd in September. I've decided to sew some pocket diapers for her with PUL outers, but I'm having trouble getting my machine to sew the material. It's skipping stitches and making odd sized stitches. I had some of the same trouble trying to sew a type of slightly stretchy moleskin or faux suede that I was trying to make a wrap for babywearing last week. It did even worse with that fabric.<br><br>
I'm using a Kenmore sewing machine given to me by my mother. I don't have the manual to go with the machine. It's just your average sewing machine, nothing special...<br><br>
Any tips on what may be causing that? Tension? Needle? Stitch length? Can I make some adjustments to correct the situation?<br><br>
Thanks!!!
 

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It may be the needle or the tension. If you're using stretchy fabrics, you'll want to use a needle for knits. They're pretty much the same, but with a more rounded point. Also, if you're just sewing the PUL, it's pretty thin, and it might be the tension. If you can manually adjust your tension, I'd get a scrap piece and play with the tension too until it seems right. I usually do that when I'm changing from sewing different thickness materials. I have an AUTO tension on mine, but it doesn't always work, and I don't like surprises. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm not the best seamstress though. I've been sewing off and on for a long time, but there are probably others here who would know better than me.
 

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It sews fine through the french terry, but when I try to overstitch through the PUL beside the leg elastic to form a casing, it starts skipping stitches. I think I have a needle for knits. I'll change out and try that with the PUL. I tried it with the other fabric with no luck. Tension adjustments with the moleskin fabric didn't do any good either.<br><br>
I really want a new machine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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It sounds like a needle problem to me as well, but try flipping your diaper upside down from how you have it now. If the laminate side of the PUL is up, next to your presser foot, it can drag. Try having it down on the feed dogs.
 

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ROFL I had my own PUL sewing adventure on an old Kenmore this weekend too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Is your machine green? Just wondering. I find that anytime you're skipping stitches it is best to change the needle, skipped stitches are usually caused by a dull needle.
 

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I had another thought too. You may have been using a 'heavyweight' or 'medium weight' needle, and PUL really is a 'lightweight' fabric. All of these things make a difference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Glad it's working now!
 
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