I've been trying to sew on my new dress. I sat down at my machine with great anticipation. The pattern is an easy one, simple lines, and I envisioned a quick and easy session or two to finish it up. It was not to be.
The fabric is a polyester knit of some sort. I don't remember where it came from; it's just been in my stash for a while. I had some universal machine needles, so I put in a fresh one before I started sewing, knowing that knits need sharp needles. I also knew that this fabric might require a ballpoint needle, but thought I'd try the universal . . . especially since I didn't have any ballpoints! ;) Nothing doing. It skipped every few stitches. I adjusted the tension and stitch length. Nope. So I decided to wait till I could get some ballpoint needles, which I did today. I came home and popped one into the machine, then tried it out. It was worse!!! Huge, majorly huge skipped stitches. Nothing I did helped - tension, stitch length, zig-zag stitch. I tried sewing some plain cotton fabric: perfect stitches. Polyester: huge skipped stitches.
I'm out of options for now. No time and no fabric to cut a new dress. We're leaving Thursday for a missions conference, and Monday for GA/SC. Since fabric is cheaper in the US than here, I'll see if I can find something I like and bring it back in with me and try again. I've looked online and in all my books for a solution, and my only guess right now is that my machine just will not sew this fabric. No new dress for now, but maybe by the end of the month!