What does SS mean on a sewing machine?
Setting the stitch length dial to the stretch stitch mark (“SS”, “SS1” or “SS2”) changes the selected pattern to a stretch stitch. Raise the needle by turning the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) so that the mark on the wheel points up.
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.
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.
How do you hem stretchy polyester?
Tip #1: One way to hem stretchy material like polyester and spandex is to use fusible tape. you can always sew a line of stitches after this method has been done. Tip #2: Wonder Tape, if it is still in production, is a good hemming alternative.