What tension should I use for sewing elastic?

Why can’t I sew through elastic?

The most common mistake is that you need to adjust the seam allowance to sew elastic. In addition, you need to adjust the lower thread bobbin tension, reduce the foot pressure, and using incorrect the pressure foot instead of a walking foot can cause elastic to not sew well on the garment.

How do you sew elastic tension?

Sewing elastic fabrics on regular sewing machine – 4 steps to success (sewing knits)

  1. Step 1 – Choose the right needle.
  2. Step 2 – Make seams elastic.
  3. Step 3 – Adjust lower thread (bobbin) tension.
  4. Step 4 – Reduce the foot pressure.
  5. Step 5 – Walking foot (bonus step)

Can you sew through elastic?

You can use sewing elastic by either attaching the elastic to the edge or creating a casing and threading it through. Gentle gathers are better suited to the attachment method and fuller gathers are better created with elastic threaded through a casing.

Why does the thread bunch up when sewing elastic?

When sewing, the top, and bottom stitches should interlock smoothly and look the same. However, if the stitches are puckered, the seam is unstable, the thread bunches up, or the stitches are just plain ugly, then there is most likely a problem with incorrect tension on either the top or bottom.

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