I'm trying to make a simple little racer back knit dress, Simplicity 2443. The pattern seems easy enough, and everyone's projects came out really cute.
However, I am having a hell of a time sewing this damn thing!
I have some sort of mystery knit fabric. It was one of those things that I thought was something else when I bought it online, but it's actually a knit. I think it's a rib knit because it looks the same on both sides, but it's much lighter and stretchier than a double knit. I also believe it's polyester. And my sewing machine hates it.
My problem is that my machine is skipping stitches. I have done everything I can think of. I tried 3 different sizes of ball point needles, I tried a zig zag stitch, and I tried a long straight stitch as recommended here. I give up. I was seriously ready to throw a hissy fit, so I put it away for the night and went to bed. I thought maybe if I slept on it, things would improve. They did not.
So where to go from here?
- I'm going to put back in my universal needle and sew some scrap cotton, just to make sure that my machine isn't broken.
- If my machine isn't broken, then I'm going to get a scrap of another, higher quality knit fabric (I have some 100% cotton jersey that'd be perfect) and see if I have any success there. I've sewn knits in the past, I think it's just this fabric that's repulsing my machine.
Has anyone else had this problem where their machine hates a fabric? What'd you do?