What stitch is best for stretch?
The best stitches to use for sewing stretch fabrics are:
- Narrow zigzag: opt for a very narrow setting with the zigzag, with the stitch length equal to the stitch width.
- Overedge stitch: a specialty stitch that locks over the edge of the fabric so it stitches and finishes a seam in one pass.
Can you use straight stitch on stretch fabric?
Use stitches that will hold the stretch of the fabric – the stitches need to stretch with the fabric, so they don’t pucker and break. If you must sew with a straight stitch, then hold the material taut, but don’t pull it.
When should you use a stretch stitch?
The Straight Stretch Stitch can be used to reinforce seams of sportswear in stretch and non-stretch fabrics, and for curved seams which take a lot of strain. This stitch is stronger than regular straight stitch because it locks three times – forward, backward and forward again.
What is a narrow zigzag stitch?
A narrow zigzag is a zigzag that’s almost a straight stitch. It has just enough wobble to it to give the stretch the fabric needs, but it looks a little less homemade than a regular zigzag on your hem. Narrow zigzags are also a great choice for ultra stretchy knits (i.e. those with tons of spandex).
What tension should I use for zig-zag stitch?
The dial settings run from 0 to 9, so 4.5 is generally the ‘default’ position for normal straight-stitch sewing. This should be suitable for most fabrics. If you are doing a zig-zag stitch, or another stitch that has width, then you may find that the bobbin thread is pulled through to the top.