Asked by: Vasco Southwick
hobbies and interests needlework

How do you sew elastic to stretch fabric?

Last Updated: 28th March, 2020

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Sew with a stretch stitch or a zigzag stitch, which will stretch along with the elastic.
  1. Finish the hem of the garment, if applicable.
  2. Pin the elastic to the wrong side of the garment, matching the three pins on the elastic and on the fabric.
  3. Switch the elastic to the fabric, stretching the elastic between the pins.

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Similarly, it is asked, what Stitch do you use for stretchy fabric?

The best stitches to use for sewing stretch fabrics are:

  1. Narrow zigzag: opt for a very narrow setting with the zigzag, with the stitch length equal to the stitch width.
  2. Overedge stitch: a specialty stitch that locks over the edge of the fabric so it stitches and finishes a seam in one pass.

why is my fabric gathering when I sew? There is too much tension in the seam thread thus causing light, thin material to pucker. The main cause for this problem is that the sewing machine thread tension is set too high. Besides this, there are other factors that can cause or increase excess thread tension. The result will be puckering along the seams.

Secondly, what is a stretch stitch on a sewing machine?

A stretch stitch is what you will commonly use if you plan to sew stretch fabric. This stretch stitch is a perfectly straight stitch but it allows for stretching without the stitching popping or breaking which is what would happen if stretching a regular straight stitch.

What is a narrow zigzag stitch?

For a stretch stitch, you will need to use a narrow zigzag stitch. Small adjustments to increase the width from a straight stitch to a zigzag stitch will allow the stitching to stretch with the fabric while sewing a straight seam at the same time.

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How do you make a zigzag stitch?

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What is a tricot stitch?

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Why is my sewing machine skipping stitches?

Skipped stitches are symptomatic of several things, but a bent needle may be the culprit. When the stitches randomly start skipping, change your needle. If the stitches return to normal, then the problem was a bent needle. It can be caused by such things as tugging too hard on the fabric or the needle hitting a pin.

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What is top stitch in knitting?

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Can you top stitch with a serger?

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What is a stretch needle?

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Do I need a serger to sew knits?

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What is an Overedge stitch?

Overlock with your domestic sewing machine
The overedge foot is also known as an overcast foot, or an overlocking foot. Essentially it allows thread to wrap around the edge of the fabric to prevent unraveling. Line your fabric edge up against the guide and select either an over-edge stitch or a wide zigzag stitch.

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How do you do blanket stitch?

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