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Sewing PUL with other fabrics - frustrated!

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    Posted: 27 Apr 2012 at 5:05pm
Ok, anytime I sew PUL with cotton or poly, the PUL kind of puckers up. It seems like I've tried adjusting tension, feed differential, all that, but I'm still having no luck. Same with sewing on regular machine and serger. I read somewhere that sewing PUL to other fabrics might require a special foot. Is that true? If so, where do I find this foot? Or do I need interfacing stuff or something? Should I try putting paper towel between the top fabric and the presser foot and let the smooth side of the PUL be right against the feed dog. Or do I need to put paper towel on the entire top and bottom? I'm trying to make nursing pads and messed up like 30 of them trying to figure out how to adjust the tensions and stuff. WHAT DO I DO!? I haven't tried the paper towel thing (I read on here http://www.celticclothswholesale.com/pages/TipsforSewingPULFabric.htm) yet because I am SO FRUSTRATED at this point!!! I can sew 2 layers of cotton no problem, I can sew 2 layers of pul not problem, but I CANNOT sew pul TO cotton with out the pul like puckering or ballooning out if that makes any sense.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Nuttygirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2012 at 5:20pm
You could try a walking foot.  I know that some people use one of those when the fabrics are slippery so both the top and bottom layer are being fed through the machine at the same time.  It is supposed to help with bunching.  I don't have one but I am thinking about getting one for when I so things that are thick like quilting or for slippery fabrics like satin.  I have made it work so far but I think it would be easier.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sarah2106 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2012 at 5:21pm
A walking foot is sooo nice! My mom has one - she quilts - and it is so wonderful to sew with. It works great for smooth, stretchy and all types of fabrics. I keep thinking about getting one, but had not sewn for so long I did not get one.
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Are you using a sewing machine or a serger? I used to have a Brother serger that would rip through nursing pads that nobody's business- never gave me any issues. I would do them with a few layers of flannel, some waterproof nylon and lace on top. When I upgraded my machine, I had to totally stop making nursing pads for sale because the stupid thing, despite it's outrageous price tag, could not handle those continuous tight turns. I'm not sure whether it just had a different feed or whether it had a larger foot or what, but I just gave up.

I've since done nursing pads on the same serger, but only for personal use; they're never as pretty as I prefer.

Anyway, I think it's the shape combined with the quirky nature of sewing PUL that is making it so frustrating for you. On a machine, a walking foot may make a difference, but it will still likely be challenging.

I've heard that PUL can be temporarily secured with a regular ol' glue stick but haven't tried that myself. If you give it a go, come back and tell me how it worked. I'm curious. On a serger, I might avoid that, however, as it could gum up the knife. On a machine, it shouldn't create issues.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote litlmslana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 2012 at 8:10pm
I so don't know my sewing terminology...  When I've sewn wetbags and had to have the foot against the waterproof side I've always used the interface stuff...between the PUL and the foot.  Sort of papery stuff that you rip off after you are done sewing. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote musicmama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2012 at 2:16am
My walking foot rocks.  Like butta'.  I only regret going so long before using it.  It helps w/ everything, so it was worth it. 

PUL to stretchy knits is very difficult.  That silky bamboo velour is the worst.  Poly fleece is stretchy, but not too when paired w/ PUL for pockets.
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Hmm, I think I will try the interfacing, then if that doesn't work (I'm guessing it probably won't) I will get the walking foot. That sounds fun to have! I'm having the same problem whether I'm on the serger or the regular sewing machine. They are both Brothers. Sewing circular objects on the serger has been a challenge so far (I got the machine just a week ago), but I think with more practice I can get it down. I even have some rounded corners that look pretty nice. Thank you so much ladies! I really appreciate it. I love diaperpin and I love you!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mairf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Apr 2012 at 1:03am
I use tissue paper or wax paper which work well, but I want a teflon foot.
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