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.
What is a straight 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 the best stretch stitch?
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.
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.
Why is my machine not sewing stretchy fabric?
Try a different presser foot. A dual feed foot or walking foot attachment for your sewing machine is great for helping to stop one layer of material stretching out when sewing. Check the manual of your machine to see which one is compatible.
How do I keep my stretch fabric from curling?
Spray a little starch, iron them, and then you should be able to treat them like a more stable knit. And the starch will just wash out – in fact, you can scrunch it and it will start to loosen up a little bit. You can find starch in any supermarket, usually in the laundry aisle but you can also make your own.
Does a zig zag stitch stretch?
A zigzag stitch is a great way to seam knit fabrics. Its inherent stretch allows for the fabric to stretch and move without fear of popping a seam. On light to medium weight knits, try using a stitch length of 1.5 and a width of 5.