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Rinn | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I’m having a terrible time sewing with microseude.  The threads are constantly skipping, creating a mess.  I’m using a 70/10 universal needle.   Does anyone have any suggestions or helpful pointers?


  1. GhillieC | | #1

    I sewed an ultrasuede jacket recently. I used a size 80 Microtex needle and it worked fine except for top stitching the corners of the collar, which was a fight. I had to change needles fairly frequently as they became blunt (and the machine started going boom boom instead of click click as it stitched).

    Ultrasuede is very sticky stuff, so you may need to put sheets of paper on the bed of the machine to help it slide. Sheets of toilet paper work well. I do not put the paper in the area of the actual seam, just on either side.

    I found that the ultrasuede I was using would not press flat, and certainly would not ease so I had to top stitch seams.

    The jacket is proving to be quite a hit.



    1. KarenW | | #2

      I've made a couple microsuede shirts for my husband recently and the two things that made the biggest difference were using the microtex needle as already mentioned, and using some water soluble stabilizer beneath/atop the fabric when topstitching or doing buttonholes... I love the feel of this but it really had some challenges feeding, I think the stuff that really feels like suede (as opposed to so many other fabrics that use "suede" as part of their name but really feel like more like a brushed or flannel fabric) tend to stick when feeding - the Solvy eliminated this.Good luck!Karen

  2. callie1 | | #3

        I've sewed a fair amount of ultrasuede and have never had any problems with my needles.  I just used regular needles or whatever I happened to have on hand and it sewed beautifully.  I don't know what to tell you. 

  3. SewTruTerry | | #4

    Maybe it is not the type of needle that you are using but the brand of needle.  Every once in a while we have a tendency to just grab what is available at the fabric store and think that it will not matter after all a needle is a needle.  WRONG.  I had so many problems when I kept putting the wrong brand of needle in my Singer machine it was unbelievable.  As soon as I put a Singer needle back into it problem was solved.  Also the other day I started to have the same problem with my Viking Rose and I discovered that the bobbin area was full of lint.  I had been sewing with some very linty material and it cause the stitches to skip. As soon as I cleaned the machine no more problems.  Just something else to think about.

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