Terry Cloth Loops, Frogs and Skipped Stitches

      Comments Off on Terry Cloth Loops, Frogs and Skipped Stitches

Questions du jour and some answers:

How do I repair terry cloth loops? Can I just cut them?

It’s best not to simply cut the snagged loops as they may unravel more and leave holes in your garment. Visit the notions counter at you favorite fabric store and look of a knit repair tool. The tool has a small hook on it to pull snags (and in this case loops) back into the fabric to avoid further damage. If you choose to snip off pulled loops, apply a drop of fray preventer first to help prevent any further damage.

How do I sew on frogs?

Frogs and Chinese knot buttons are best attached by hand for an inconspicuous look. Machine stitching can be done, but the visible stitches often detract from the ornate look of this great closure. Use thread that matches the trim and work from the garment underside. If there’s a front facing, open it out to work only from the garment wrong side, then let the facing cover the stitching underside. Use a double thread and a stab stitch to anchor the corded closure in place, reinforcing it near the usable loops.  Try to keep the stitches between the cords to help hide them. Be sure all edges are well anchored.

I tried sewing lingerie, but my machine just skips stitches all the time on the tricot fabric. How can I prevent this?

Firstly, be sure to use a ballpoint needle as tricot or any soft knit is a big challenge for many sewing machine. The needle helps prevent damage to the knit by going between the knit loops as it forms stitches as opposed to piercing them. Use a narrow zigzag stitch on the conventional machine to build some flexibility into the seam (or use a serger). If the machine continues to have problems stitching, change to a straight-stitch needle plate (and a straight stitch). Another option is to try using tissue paper or tear-away stabilizer under the stitching line, or lightly spray starch the seamline and allow to dry before stitching. If none of these work, visit your sewing machine dealer and have them check the machine for you. Perhaps an internal adjustment is needed.