What is a zigzag stitch in sewing?
A zigzag stitch is variant geometry of the lockstitch. It is a back-and-forth stitch used where a straight stitch will not suffice, such as in reinforcing buttonholes, in stitching stretchable fabrics, and in temporarily joining two work pieces edge-to-edge.
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.
How do I choose my stitch length?
The theory behind stitch length is pretty straight forward. The shorter the stitches, the more will be packed into each inch of stitching, creating a tighter seam. The longer the stitches, the fewer within each inch, therefore, the looser the seam. Short equals tight; long equals loose.
What is the point of a zigzag stitch?
The goal of the zigzag stitching is to enclose the threads of the fabric and prevent those threads from fraying away from the fabric. Adjusting the stitch width and stitch length allows you to control how much of the threads are enclosed and how much bulk the zigzag seam finish is creating.
What is a zigzag stitch good for?
The Zig-Zag Stitch is a very versatile stitch. Use it for seam finishing, applique, bartacks, satin stitching and more. For some sewing techniques with this stitch, it can be helpful to use a Satin Stitch Foot to help prevent the fabric from puckering.
Can I do a zig zag stitch by hand?
A zig zag stitch can be stitched on a sewing machine, but it can also be stitched by hand. A zig zag stitch is perfect when you want a seam that allows plenty of stretch, like seams on a knit fabric. Zig zag stitch can also be used as a decorative stitch when you use contrasting thread.
What tension should I use for zig zag stitch?
The dial settings run from 0 to 9, so 4.5 is generally the ‘default’ position for normal straight-stitch sewing. This should be suitable for most fabrics. If you are doing a zig-zag stitch, or another stitch that has width, then you may find that the bobbin thread is pulled through to the top.