Here it is!!! If you are like me there is a good chance you either got a used machine without a manual or lost it (even if you got it new). I know with knit fabrics being so popular in clothing & being able to easily access then now more & more people are trying to sew with them. Nearly all of my sewing forums have posts about ‘my knits are being wonky’ & ‘what am I doing wrong???’.
The biggest thing if using a sewing machine is using a stretch stitch! Then comes the next question… whats the stretch stitch? I have 27 stitches on my machine & it is actually labeled ‘S’ but still will all those little pictures it can be confusing! SO here it is… this is the picture of the stitch that you want to use…
Doesn’t look special or ‘stretchy’ but it is! It is created by the machine going back & forth. If you don’t have this stitch you do have some other options! Use a narrow zig zag…. for seams on the outside use a decorative zig zag like stitch.
Also remember use a ball point (some times call stretch) needle because it goes between the threads of the knit instead of cutting a hole through the fabric. This will help prevent bunching. Also let your machine do the walking!!! Don’t pull or push the fabric… otherwise it will look stretched out & wonky.
Well I hope this helps someone out there, I know how frustrating knits can be!
I know have a video that shows you what it looks like to use the triple stretch stitch… notice that the needle moves fast & the fabric goes back and forth before going forward? That’s what it’s supposed to do! Also notice how I am simply guiding it with one hand, but letting the machine pull the fabric on it’s own?