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« on: April 29, 2008 09:50:34 AM »

Hi. This will be the first time I will be sewing this type of fabric. I have sewn stretchy fabric before, but wasn't getting the best results. I have a basic sewing machine and am not sure which would be the best stitch to use so that I can still get the same stretch out of the fabric.

I think it will be one of these

(Excuse the dodgy camera phone pic. It's late and I don't know where my camera USB is.)
Either the red one under D, the red one under H or The black one under I maybe?


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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008 10:23:26 AM »

This might help. http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa112500a.htm
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008 10:41:27 AM »

My machine has one that is the mirror image of red H and it is perfect for stretch. In my machine's manual it equates this stitch to a serger/overlock stitch, with the seam allowance on the zig-sag side. (Does your machine work backward because you're in NZ?  Cheesy) In a pinch, black c or d might work, too. I just got some t-shirt scraps and tried a bunch of stitches to see which ones stretched.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008 03:41:45 PM »

Okay, I hope I remember what I saw. Black C is zig-zag and you can use a narrow zig-zag for your "straight" seams. Black E is the blind hem for stretch knits, and I find it gives better results than hand sewing. Black D is a multi-stitch zig-zag and it's nice for top-stitching knits. If you don't have a manual for your machine, I'd try the manufacturer's web site and see if you can download one. (I bought a used machine years ago and had to pay like $20 for a user's manual.)
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008 07:29:22 PM »

Definitely red H, it will mimic a serger seam.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008 07:57:28 PM »

Thanks everyone.!

I will eventually (once I sort out the tension issue) test them on scraps of the fabric. It's just good to get other people's opinions.

goldy, Thanks for that link.! It will definitely come in handy.

Feast Your Eyes, haha :p I'm in Australia. But that could make sense as to why it's backwards. everything else is here to you guys Tongue I think red H is the way to go then Smiley

Cinderwench, Thanks for the extra info. :-) I spent ages last night on the singer website and couldn't find any links to my particular model numbers manual. I may have to find a contact number and call them (I bought my machine cheap and it's just a basic model, works great though, I left the manual in melbourne when I had to move away and my ex chucked most of my stuff away.  Cry)

elijor, thank you.!
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2008 02:25:28 PM »

Ah! I was just coming to ask about sewing jersey and the link has answered my question perfectly. I thought I must need to do something to make the seams stretch with the fabric but I didn't have a clue what. I'll give zig zag a go as my sewing machine is too antiquated to have anything fancier!

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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2008 11:37:24 AM »

I finished my dress.!!!

It's here

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244286.0

and, I successfully used Red H after doing a little testing. It was the stitch that out of three categories, strength, stretch and prettiness once turned inside out, that came first.

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