What is a stretch stitch on Janome?
If your machine has it, use a stretch stitch to allows your sewn seam to stretch with the knit you are sewing. If your machine doesn’t have a stretch stitch, use a thin, long zigzag stitch or a triple stitch instead to allow the seam to stretch.
Can you use straight stitch on stretch 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.
What needle do you use for stretch fabric?
Quick Reference Chart
|Sewing Machine Needle Type||Needle Size||Fabric Type|
|Stretch needles||75 (11)||Light lycra, elasticised fabrics|
|90 (14)||Elastic, heavier lycra, elasticised fabrics|
|Jeans needles||90 (14)||Denim, tightly woven fabrics|
|100 (16)||Heavy denim, vinyl, furnishings|
What stitch has the most stretch?
Triple (or Straight Stretch) Stitch – this stitch looks like a regular straight stitch, but each stitch is sewn three times, giving the seam more stretch.
When should you use a 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.
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.
Can you use a walking foot with a stretch stitch?
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.