What stitch length and tension should I use?
What stitch length should I use?
|What is the best stitch for:||Suggested Stitch Length (mm)||Stitches Per Inch|
|Standard Stitch Length||2.5 – 3.0||8 – 10|
|Basting stitch||5.0 – 7.0||4 – 5|
|Stay-stitching||1.5 – 2.0||12 – 8|
|Top-stitching – light/medium weight||3.0 – 3.5||7 – 8|
What is the stitch width for a zigzag stitch?
Set the machine for zigzag stitch. For machines with adjustable stitch length and stitch width, use with a width setting of at least 5.0mm and a length setting of approximately 2.0mm. Use an Open Toe Foot (additional accessory for some machine models) so that the area in front of the needle is unobstructed.
Why wont my sewing machine do a zig zag stitch?
Try some of the simple things first. Remove the bobbin plate using a screwdriver and then remove the bobbin. Clean out any lint that may be under the bobbin and which may cause your zigzag stitch not to work. Replace the bobbin and the bobbin plate and test your zigzag stitch.
What settings should my sewing machine be on?
Most sewing is done in the 2.0 to 2.5 range. If you are foundation paper piecing, you may want to decrease your stitch length so that the paper tears away easier. Top stitching and quilting are usually done in the 3.0 to 3.5 range. Basting and gathering stitches are the longest, from 4.0 – 5.0.
Why is my zig-zag stitch straight?
If the upper thread appears as a single line, the lower thread is incorrectly threaded. Instead of the appropriate tension being applied to the lower thread, it is pulled through the fabric when the upper thread is pulled up.
If your thread is pulled tight on the underside and not forming an even stitch then (counter-intuitively) it’s usually the top thread tension that’s wrong. Sometimes very lightweight fabrics such as sheers can get dragged down into the machine so it’s a good idea to use a straight stitch plate.
What is the most common use for the zigzag stitch?
One of the most common uses for the zigzag stitch is to sew stretchy materials. When sewing a material that stretches, such as knitted fabrics and neoprene, it’s essential to use a stitch that can stretch with the fabric.
Why does my sewing machine skip stitches on thick fabric?
When you are sewing thick fabrics or too many layers of fabrics or sewing cross seams you will frequently see skipped stitches. This is due to the extra layers that the needle has to penetrate to reach the bobbin thread. The needle is deflected away from the thread looping process.