Can you sew stretchy fabric?

Can you use straight stitch on stretch fabric?

When sewing knits with a straight stitch, stretch the fabric slightly (and gently) as it goes under the presser foot. To do this, apply equal pressure on both sides of the needle by slightly pulling the fabric.

What needle do you use to sew stretch fabric?

Simple Step #1: Choose a Ballpoint Needle

Stretch fabrics require a ballpoint needle, plain and simple. Other names for this type of needle are stretch needle or jersey needle. The sharp needles that we use for woven fabrics will tear holes in the knit fibers.

How do you sew stretchy fabric?

The best stitches to use for sewing stretch fabrics are: Narrow zigzag: opt for a very narrow setting with the zigzag, with the stitch length equal to the stitch width. Overedge stitch: a speciality stitch that locks over the edge of the fabric so it stitches and finishes a seam in one pass.

Do you need special thread for stretchy fabric?

All-purpose polyester thread will work fine as it has some give when stretched. Cotton thread is not recommended. If the item you’re making needs to be stretchy or form-fitting to the body, you may want to use elastic thread. Only use elastic thread in the bobbin of your sewing machine, and wind it by hand.

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Do I need a walking foot to sew knits?

Walking Foot

One way to keep your knit fabric from growing while you’re sewing is to use a Walking Foot. A while back I did a post on the Walking Foot. While not essential, it has an amazing effect on the way your knit fabrics sew. Basically, it keeps the fabric from stretching while you sew.

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.