What tension should I use for elastic?
Generally elastic works best when stretched 3-8%, with 8% only being used on the smaller parts of the garment as it’s a bit extreme, as remember the more you stretch the elastic the more stitches you are putting on that space of elastic.
Why does my thread bunch up when I sew over elastic?
When sewing, the top, and bottom stitches should interlock smoothly and look the same. However, if the stitches are puckered, the seam is unstable, the thread bunches up, or the stitches are just plain ugly, then there is most likely a problem with incorrect tension on either the top or bottom.
Do you need special thread to sew elastic?
You typically use elastic thread in your sewing machine in combination with regular thread. It helps to create clothing that gives a little, such as a top with shirring.
What tension should I use for thin fabric?
Use size 70/10 for really thin cotton like voile, size 80/12 for light to medium weight cotton, and 90/14 for thick cotton like denim.
What thread do I use for stretchy fabric?
The most common threads used to sew stretch knit fabrics are textured polyester or textured nylon threads like A&E’s Wildcat® Plus or Best Stretch®. Textured threads are ideal for overedge and coverstitch seams because they offer excellent seam coverage and seam elasticity.
Can you sew through elastic?
Elastic is a really useful sewing material for dressmaking, household and craft projects. It can be used to give fabric fullness and can be threaded through a hem or stitched directly onto the fabric itself. Stitching with elastic in your sewing machine produces an attractive gathered effect, perfect for shirring.
The tension could be too tight or too loose. Set the tension to the basic thread tension setting or adjust the tension manually. The combination of the needle size, thread size and fabric is incorrect. Be sure to use the correct size needle and thread for the type of fabric that you are sewing.
How do I stop my sewing machine from bunching up?
A good cleaning may solve your bunching woes (check your manual for guidelines on cleaning and maintenance; your machine may also need to be oiled). To prevent stitch glitches, be sure to frequently dust underneath the throat plate and along the thread path, and to periodically clean and oil your machine.
Which needle is used for elastic thread?
Quick Reference Chart
|Sewing Machine Needle Type||Needle Size||Fabric Type|
|Stretch needles||75 (11)||Light lycra, elasticised fabrics|
|90 (14)||Elastic, heavier lycra, elasticised fabrics|
|Jeans needles||90 (14)||Denim, tightly woven fabrics|
|100 (16)||Heavy denim, vinyl, furnishings|