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Thread shows through at stressed seams

 

Stressed Seams - Laddering - Stitching Smiles

 
 

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Stitching smiles on serged seams are common when using knits. The areas that receive stress like the crotch or butt, or sometimes the sides of the waiseline seams, start to "gap" or "smile" under pressure.


The easiest ways to avoid this:

1. using matching thread color in the left needle helps reduce the visibility of stretched seams

2. tighten the left needle tension as best as you can when serging the first time, and then

3. either serge a second time, with the KNIVES DISENGAGED, or sew a straight seam with a sewing machine.

Many folks find this issue or stitches coming actually unravelled when they serge across an already serged seam going the opposite (perpendicular) direction.  

 

One suggestion is to reinforce the seam with a regular sewing machine.

 

Using stretch thread gives a soft finish but the loopers just form the binding not stretch in the seam.

 

Many folks do not understand serger stitch formation and spend a lot of extra $ on stretch thread when it will not give you stretch where you think you need it.

 

Stretch thread does not go in the needles which are where the seam construction occurs, and where seam failure occurs when stressed by too much pulling on it - crotches, waistbands, armscye etc.

 

Our group Admin Lauren Domingo adds:

 

Also moving to a shorter stitch length (tiny adjustments!) will allow more stretch. My serged seams stretch the full stretch of my fabric. It’s a balancing act but achievable. Using thread that matches the best to the outside print of your fabric will minimize stitches showing You can use regular sewing machine thread in left needle. It’s just more expensive than serger thread.

 

Read more about Stitch Formation - and review the chart

 

http://www.brother1034dserger.org/howto/stitchformation.html

 

 
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