One of the most commonly asked questions I receive from new punchers is why their loops aren’t staying in the fabric.
If this is happening to you, here are a few things for you to investigate.
Needle Threading – Is your needle threaded correctly? If you threaded it through the tube but forgot to thread it through the eye of the needle, the loops won’t stay in the fabric.
Thread Flowing Freely – Your thread needs to flow freely through your punch needle. If it is caught up on something or you are accidentally resting your arm on the thread, the loops won’t stay in the fabric.
Proper Fabric – You CAN punch on most anything, but weavers cloth is the perfect combination of a tight enough weave to keep your stitches in the fabric and the right materials (cotton & polyester) so the needle won’t fray the fabric. I recommend punching on weavers cloth until you get the hang of things.
Proper Punching Technique – Finally, you will want to make sure you have the proper punching technique. Make sure the tail of your thread is trailing behind where you are punching and do not lift the needle up above the surface of the fabric. You can read more about punching technique here.
I hope this helps you. Keep working at it – you can do this!