The Best Stretch Stitches & Sewing Machine Settings for Stretchy Fabrics. 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.
Can I use a straight stitch on knit fabric?
Stitch type and length
When sewing knits with a straight stitch, stretch the fabric slightly (and gently) as it goes under the presser foot. To do this, apply equal pressure on both sides of the needle by slightly pulling the fabric.
Can you top stitch stretch fabric?
If you are topstitching a stress seam on a stretch fabric (close fitting, neck lines, narrow skirt hems etc.) you will need to use a double needle to allow for stretch and recovery. If not, you are free to use rows of single needle stitching on stretch fabrics.
What is the best stitch for hemming?
Twin needle hems are especially effective on knit fabrics as it will flex with the fabric. 1. Use a serger or an overcast stitch to sew a finished edge on the raw edge to be hemmed.
Can you do a zig zag stitch with a walking foot?
Yes, you can use your walking foot for more than straight stitching. A zig-zag stitch should be just fine because all the movement in the stitch pattern is forward. In fact many of the decorative stitches on your sewing machine are just fine to use with your even feed foot installed.
Why are my Serged seams wavy?
In my experience, the dreaded wavy seam is most often a result of serging more than two layers of fabric together like when attaching cuffs, waistbands, and neckbands. In this tutorial, I’m serging four layers of a thick double knit fabric together. For this tutorial, I’ll be demonstrating on my Brother 1034D.