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Unread 09-16-2014, 01:39 AM   #1
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Sewing With Stretchy Fabric

I was wondering if it's hard? And what you have to do differently verses sewing something not stretchy?
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It can be a bit more challenging than sewing non-stretch fabrics.

You'll need to use a stretch stitch (http://comeandseetheseitz.files.word...ch_stitch2.png) to avoid the thread snapping when the seam is stretched.

Also, it might be helpful to use either a walking foot or to sandwich your fabric in tissue paper to keep it from stretching as you sew. If you just sew with a normal foot, it can sometimes warp the seam by pulling it as you go.
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Unread 09-16-2014, 03:01 PM   #3
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The ulitimate goal for sewing stretch fabrics is that you don't stretch the materal as you sew. It's tempting, but the only time your fabric ever stretches is when you're trying it on you to see if it fits properly.

Now, if for some reason that you don't have the stretch-stitch option on your sewing machine, the classic ziz-zag stitch can work just as well.

I hope this helps
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Stretch fabrics have their own learning curve and the kind of machine you have DOES make a difference. No, you don't have to have a serger, but if you have access to one learn how to use it.

If your machine was made in to 70's or later, you should be fine, it's only on really old machines that a good stretch stitch either was mediocre or non-existent.
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The ulitimate goal for sewing stretch fabrics is that you don't stretch the materal as you sew. It's tempting, but the only time your fabric ever stretches is when you're trying it on you to see if it fits properly.

Now, if for some reason that you don't have the stretch-stitch option on your sewing machine, the classic ziz-zag stitch can work just as well.

I hope this helps
It can? That's fantastic! I have a new Janome, so sure, it has stretch stitches, but I don't like how they feel - they seem too loose. The zig zag seems just about right.
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