newbie with an upholstery/drapery question

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Hi! I found this site/group while searching for any clue as to why my
thread keeps breaking when sewing uphosltery/drapery fabric. I'm using a
size 18/100 needle, and I've tried loosening the tension. The biggest
problem I see is there is a backing on the fabric that appears to be fused
to keep the designs in the fabric in tact. When I'm sewing, I can see that
a gunky glue film is lingering on my needle. I'm certain this is the
reason for the breakage, but tonight it got to the point of breakage every
inch! I want to hang my new drapes! I'm very frustrated, so if anyone has
any advice, please write back. Thanks much!


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Re: newbie with an upholstery/drapery question


Try putting a sheet of paper against the gunk and sew through the
paper.
The stitches will perforate the paper and you can tear it away.


R

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similar thing happens if you try to sew through tape like *duct
tape* :)

The only suggestion i can make is to lubricate the needle so that
it will not pick up the gunk.

i have had limited success with a lightly oiled cloth/cotton ball
rubbed on the needle every couple of inches.

however, i have read (in this group maybe)  where someone
suggested rubbing  "goof off" (?sp?) on the needle and it worked
like a charm sewing through sticky gooey material and you do not
need to apply it to the needle as frequently  as the oil. Of
course you may want to experiment to make sure the goof off does
not discolor or bleed etc.

I like the idea by rtc about sewing through paper or maybe a
heavy stock paper as it  sounds like it could work.

BTW - what kind of thread are you using ?  have you tried using a
smaller needle like 90/14 or 80/12 that is if it is appropriate
for the size of thread you are using

hth
robb


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I vote for using Goo Gone (if you are in the US) or rubbing alcohol if you
are not.  I don't think paper will help unless the gunk is on the top facing
the presser foot.  I have run into this trying to sew the "stick-on" velcro.
Very annoying indeed!

Kirsten


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Ah hem...  NEVER try to serge stick-on velvet.

Look, I'm just saying, OK?

;)

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[trim robb junk about *goof off* ]

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alcohol if you
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yes thats the stuff !!! *goo gone* what Kirsten said

that is what i was thinking about ...
i goofed on the *goo gone*  but you can see the mistake :( ...
yes ?

robb


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Maybe Bees Wax might help if you rub that on the needle.  It was once
used to help quilters so I wouldn't think it would leave a bad residue.

Judi



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Bees' wax goes on the thread, not the needle.  But there is a product
called Sewer's Aid that is silicon that might help quite a bit.  It's
made by Dritz, and is available just about anywhere sewing supplies are
stocked.  It looks like this:
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