What kind of stitch do I use for stretchy fabric?

Can you use straight stitch on stretch fabric?

The main reason is that when sewing woven fabrics, we typically use a straight stitch, and straight stitches can’t stretch so they will ‘pop’ and break when the fabric is stretched. We therefore need to use a stitch that can stretch with the fabric, like a zig zag stitch.

Do you need special thread for stretchy fabric?

All-purpose polyester thread will work fine as it has some give when stretched. Cotton thread is not recommended. If the item you’re making needs to be stretchy or form-fitting to the body, you may want to use elastic thread. Only use elastic thread in the bobbin of your sewing machine, and wind it by hand.

How do you sew stretchy fabric without puckering?

Ensure you opt for the right size of needle for your 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.

Do you need special thread to sew knits?

If you own a serger then this is the ideal way to sew with knits. A 3-Thread or 4-Thread stitch will secure a seam and still provide good stretch. You can use regular serger thread, wooly nylon thread, or (my favorite) stretch thread. If you own a serger then whipping up t-shirts, skirts, and leggings are a breeze.

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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.

Can you use a walking foot with a stretch stitch?

Walking Foot:

A walking foot, also known as an Even Feed foot, will evenly feed the two layers of fabric through the machine at the same time. This prevents the fabric from being stretched out as it’s sewn, which is why it is ideal for very stretchy knit fabrics.

What tension should I use for thin fabric?

Use size 70/10 for really thin cotton like voile, size 80/12 for light to medium weight cotton, and 90/14 for thick cotton like denim.