# How do I choose my stitch length?

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## What should my stitch length be?

What stitch length should I use?

What is the best stitch for: Suggested Stitch Length (mm) Stitches Per Inch
Standard Stitch Length 2.5 – 3.0 8 – 10
Basting stitch 5.0 – 7.0 4 – 5
Stay-stitching 1.5 – 2.0 12 – 8
Top-stitching – light/medium weight 3.0 – 3.5 7 – 8

## How is stitch length calculated?

The formula is this: 25.4 divided by the metric length of the stitch such as 2.5 equals the number of stitches per inch. Here’s an example. To figure out how many stitches per inch a 2.5 metric setting will give you: 25.4 divided by 2.5 = 10.16 stitches per inch.

## What stitch length and tension should I use?

2.5 – 3mm is the average stitch length range that should be used for medium weight fabrics. 4 – 5mm is the long stitch length range that should be used for basting and topstitching. The tension is how fast the thread is fed through the machine.

## What is maximum stitch width?

All machines measure the stitch width in millimeters (mm). Some makes and models have a maximum stitch width of 4 to 6 mm. Others create stitches as wide as 9 mm.

## What is stitch per inch?

A sewing machine sewing at 5,000 SPM at 14 SPI will sew 9.9 yards of seam per minute. More stitches per inch will also consume for thread per inch of seam. This will contribute to higher seam strength and more elastic seams, but will also increase the consumption of thread required to sew the garment.

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## What is the regular setting for the stitch width?

A straight stitch has no width so it makes sense to set the dial at “0”. However, each machine varies so you will want to set the Stitch Width dial at the position where the needle is centered over the stitch plate. This will give you the most accurate seam allowance.

## Why is my bottom stitch not straight?

If your thread is pulled tight on the underside and not forming an even stitch then (counter-intuitively) it’s usually the top thread tension that’s wrong. Sometimes very lightweight fabrics such as sheers can get dragged down into the machine so it’s a good idea to use a straight stitch plate.

## What number should the tension be on a Brother sewing machine?

a. The tension dial should be set between 2 to 6. b. When the upper thread is just visible on the back of the fabric, the thred tension is correct.