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Puckered Seams

enidshapiro | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Very often when I sew anything but cotton or wool I get puckered seams.  What am I doing wrong?  I read somewhere that if you cut the fabric crosswise it reduces puckered seams, is that true? 


  1. ElonaM | | #1

    Sandra Betzina says that when you're working with shiny polyesters and silks, you will get fewer puckers if you cut on the crossgrain (with these fabrics, she says the best results, seamwise, come from cutting on the bias).

    It's useful to take some scraps of your fabric and practice different approaches with them. For example, you may find that a smaller needle, longer or shorter stitch length, or even a slight zigzag stitch may help a great deal. Another problem may be that your thread is too thick for the fine fabric. Some people have gotten around this successfully by using machine embroidery thread, or even serger thread, which is finer.

    Try 'em all!

    1. enidshapiro | | #2

      Thank you.  I have a feeling the machine embroidery thread, combined with a slight zig-zag will do the trick. 

      1. PFronizer400 | | #3

        Hi, The person who gave me basic instructions on my new machine told me that using inexpensive thread will also cause puckering. Hope this helps.

  2. user-61403 | | #4

    You might want to check the pressure of your foot, sometime with lighter fabric, you don't need as much upper foot pressure against the dog feed.  Also try tissure paper, or something like stitch in the ditch below you piece as you sew.

    I assume you are holding the fabric, not pulling as you sew.


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