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Problem Serging & Sewing Velvet & Lining

abcameo | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I don’t know what’s gone wrong. I serged a velvet purse with lining about a week ago, and it worked fine. I have the serger set up, haven’t changed a thing, but when I went to sew another purse (same fabric, same lining), the lining kept puckering (despite pins) and it came out uneven.

I tried again a few times, and the same thing happened. I then decided to machine baste the fabric to hold it in place. That was even worse. I tried different feet (including the tricot for slippery fabric), varied the tensions, the stitch length, lining side down/lining side up…nothing. The fabric keeps moving around and it either slips out from underneath the needle or its cramming and coming out puckered.

I’m trying to sew a simple rectangle–nothing fancy. It’s really irking me because I need to get this project done ASAP. Would someone please help explain what’s going on and how to remedy the problem.
Many thanks,
Amy

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    Becky-book | | #1

    Velvet has a very pronounced nap to it  and this can make it do funny things under pressure.  Look at the one that worked (if you can) or try to remember which way the nap ran, up or down or sideways?

    Are you having trouble sewing the lining to the velvet? or the lining to itself?  I assume you are having trouble with the velvet to lining seam.  Since it is a simple rectangle, can you rotate the piece so that the nap runs the other way; top edge of bag becomes bottom edge?

    If none of this works, try hand basting the pieces together, then hold the cloth in front and behind the presser foot with a little tension but let the feed dogs do their work.

    Hope this helps,

    Becky

    1. abcameo | | #2

      Thanks, Becky-book for your reply and suggestions. I tried sewing the lining side down and the WS of the velvet down, but still had trouble. I'll have to sew the seam on three sides, so either way, I'm at some point going to have to deal with the nap going in a different direction.I went to an ASG meeting this evening, and someone suggested I put a thin strip of tissue paper between the two fabrics when sewing. I may have to hand baste the entire purse. That, though, would really defeat my purpose in trying to producing the bags quickly so I can devote more of my time to the floral embellishment.
      Appreciatively,
      Amy

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