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sewing mamas: quick question user banned
18th Oct '12

I'm making a blanket. It's one layer of batting, one minky & one cotton. How do I want the tension & stitch length?



Thank you!

MommyCaroline 1 child; California 19978 posts
18th Oct '12

I would use a long stitch to baste the layers together, and then use a shorter stitch to finish it. You could also take a little sample of the fabrics and test which works best. <3

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
18th Oct '12
Quoting MommyCaroline:" I would use a long stitch to baste the layers together, and then use a shorter stitch to finish it. You could also take a little sample of the fabrics and test which works best. <3"


didn't think of that lol i'll test some extra out now, thanks

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
18th Oct '12

FML i need to go get heavier thread.

applelove 1 child; auburn, CA, United States 6529 posts
18th Oct '12

You should sew a little sample of the fabric just to make sure it will look how you want



Also just in case you did not know you should wash the fabric before you sew :)

MommyCaroline 1 child; California 19978 posts
18th Oct '12
Quoting JiLLiAN.:" FML i need to go get heavier thread."



It can be a regular thread for basting. It's just a temporary stitch to keep the layers together. When you're doing the final stitch, I would suggest a medium legnth stitch since you're working with Minky... It stretches a bit. I also learned that if you put the stretch fabric on the bottom, it warps less; unless you have a special foot that tops that, like a tephlon foot.

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
18th Oct '12

here it is:
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i snapped my needle on a damn pin head during the back stitch of closing. so i have to get another one. but it's good for my first try, i'm pretty proud :)

Coffee Milk 2 kids; Alaska 2089 posts
18th Oct '12

looks good! I don't like sewing minky, lol

MommyCaroline 1 child; California 19978 posts
18th Oct '12
Quoting JiLLiAN.:" here it is: i snapped my needle on a damn pin head during the back stitch of closing. so i have to get another one. but it's good for my first try, i'm pretty proud :)"



Looks great!!! :D I've snapped MANY needles on those stupid pins. I have finally started taking them out before they get to the pin though. Great job mama!! <3

applelove 1 child; auburn, CA, United States 6529 posts
19th Oct '12

It looks so good! You did a great job and I love the camo and orange! Very nice job. You are going to be making all kinds of things before you know it



Did you end up getting a new sewing machine or just fixing up the old one? I am proud of you :)

user banned 2 kids; New York 34017 posts
19th Oct '12
Quoting applelove:" It looks so good! You did a great job and I love the camo and orange! Very nice job. You are going to ... [snip!] ... of things before you know it Did you end up getting a new sewing machine or just fixing up the old one? I am proud of you :)"


"fixing" it but now something is screwed up. it was fine ysterday, today the bobbin keeps jamming up. i quit. :(

MommyCaroline 1 child; California 19978 posts
19th Oct '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting JiLLiAN.:</b>" "fixing" it but now something is screwed up. it was fine ysterday, today the bobbin keeps jamming up. i quit. :("</blockquote>




Make sure your bobbin is going in the right direction, and the tension is correct. Also, when you first start sewing, hold the tails so they don't bunch up when you do those first few stitches.