This tutorial will show you how to sew stretch and knit fabrics with a regular sewing machine.
People often make the mistake of thinking they can’t work with knits if they don’t have an overlock machine, but knit fabrics existed a long time before sergers were commonly available as home machines, so don’t be afraid to try it out. With a little practice, it’s no harder than sewing with woven fabrics.
Stitch settings: Unfortunately, there’s no universal setting for stitch length and width, so my settings would almost certainly mean nothing to you and your machine. I personally prefer a medium zig zag (5 out of 5 on my machine, it doesn’t go as wide as newer machines) with a medium/normal length (3 out of 5).
Some people prefer a teeny tiny zig zag. Others prefer a really long, but not wide zig zag. It’s mostly about preference, though certain fabrics may benefit with different settings.
I’d test some different options on a scrap of whatever you’ll be sewing. Sew parallel and perpendicular to the stretch and then test how the stitches perform when you stretch the fabric with your hands.
General rule of thumb to consider: the wider the zig zag, the more stretch you get out of it.
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