I’m using a size 9 – smallest made for my machine?- regular needle on my ancient and reliable Singer, to sew on a very fine “Swiss cotton” voile. Luckily I experimented sewing on a scrap of fabric before getting into the garment, because my stitching is leaving white tracks in the work. The fabric is woven of navy and white threads in a sheer houndstooth pattern. The tracks are not evident when I sew in a straight seam on the cross-wise grain of the fabric, but are unacceptably obvious on lengthwise-grain seams. I’ve tried adjusting the tension, using different threads, with no noticeable difference. Is there a smaller needle I can use, or a different type? What can I do?
Note: I have not had any trouble with pins leaving these tracks, and when I forgot to thread the needle once during my experiment with different threads, the needle didn’t leave marks either. It sounds like the thread, doesn’t it? I have tried the Mettler silk-finish cotton thread and the Mettler polyester thread, thinking they were finer than ordinary Coats and Clark Dual Purpose. That’s all that’s available to me except perhaps serger thread. Can serger threads be used on a regular sewing machine for straight seaming?
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