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ls2116 Posted: Thu, Aug 3 2017 11:29 AM

I've been having trouble with piecing quilt blocks i've replaced my needle a couple times and i'm wondering if it could be the fabric.  i'm using scraps but i also picked up another fabric that is heavily starched or has some polyester in it anyway its like i'm trying to sew through concrete the needle pushes the fabric down below the needle plate i'm just venting .

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How frustrating!  Good luck working through it.  

 

 

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It's probably the fabric, but what size needle are you using? Maybe a microtex size 70 would help.

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I've often had this problem when using batiks! My saving grace has been the "sharp" needles of the appropriate size. Also if your machine has a single hole needle plate, that will help too! Good luck!

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Northern Sue makes a good point about the single hole needle plate. I use the wide one on my Viking as I do a lot of machine applique and don't like changing the plate. Frustrates me when I use it for straight stitching, especially small pieces, as it shoves the fabric down into the hole. So I do nearly all my piecing on my Singer Featherweight, which sits next to my Viking. Makes for a perfect world for me. 


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I try to use a leader & ender to help avoid this.  Most of the time it works, but sometimes it's the fabric.  

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