# What is the best stitch length for sewing a straight stitch?

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## What is the best stitch width for sewing a straight stitch?

A straight stitch has no width so it makes sense to set the dial at “0”. However, each machine varies so you will want to set the Stitch Width dial at the position where the needle is centered over the stitch plate. This will give you the most accurate seam allowance.

## What is maximum stitch width?

All machines measure the stitch width in millimeters (mm). Some makes and models have a maximum stitch width of 4 to 6 mm. Others create stitches as wide as 9 mm.

## Why is my straight stitch sewing zigzag?

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.

## Why is my bottom stitch not straight?

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.

## How is stitch length calculated?

The formula is this: 25.4 divided by the metric length of the stitch such as 2.5 equals the number of stitches per inch. Here’s an example. To figure out how many stitches per inch a 2.5 metric setting will give you: 25.4 divided by 2.5 = 10.16 stitches per inch.

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## Why is the back of my sewing messy?

A: Looping on the underside, or back of the fabric, means the top tension is too loose compared to the bobbin tension, so the bobbin thread is pulling too much top thread underneath. By tightening the top tension, the loops will stop, but the added tension may cause breakage, especially with sensitive threads.

## What stitch should I use on my sewing machine?

The straight stitch is definitely number one on the list of sewing machine stitches since it is the most used stitch on your sewing machine.