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Topic Title: Stretch stitch
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Created On: 07/26/2012 10:56 AM
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 07/26/2012 10:56 AM
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sewstar

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Hi,
I am new to the forum and don't have much sewing experience.
Does anybody know how to do a stretch stitch? Is there a specific foot or can I do it with zigzag stitch? This is confusing.. Please help..
 07/26/2012 11:52 AM
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jsm1144

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There are 2 that would work, the first (you don't mention your model so I'll describe the stitch) and most practical is what I call the lightning bolt stitch. It sort of looks like a narrow zigzag but at an angle. The other one, I think is actually referred to as a knit stitch and it does a back and forth motion and then an over edge motion at an angle. If you mention your model I can be more specific.
 07/26/2012 05:23 PM
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digimad

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A simple narrow zigzag stitch is fine for medium stretch fabrics, the triple stretch stitch doesn't have enough give, the 3 step stitch likewise doesn't have much give but without a waling foot or even feed foot your going to get one layer of fabric stretching more than the other.
Before I treated myself to a serger, I sewed all my stretch fabrics with a narrow zig zag, the built in utility stretch stitches would soon snap once my brood had pulled, yanked, generally abused all their tee shirts, vests and pyjamas. So I gave in and went back to my narrow zigzag with a stitch length of around 2.5 mm.

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 07/26/2012 10:30 PM
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Hi jsm 1144,
THANK YOU so much for your quick reply. My model is 808A.If you could tell me the stitch number(s) it would be really helpful.
Besides I really appreciate your explanation.
 07/26/2012 10:45 PM
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Hi Digimad,
Wow..I really appreciate for sharing your experiences. Facing a bad experience is sad BUT you made my day by sharing it..Thank you so much.
 07/27/2012 12:10 AM
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I agree with digimad and another reason to use a simple narrow zigzag is that it is easy to unpick if should ever need to remove it. Removing the triple stitch is a miserable task and will probably result in making holes in the project.

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 07/27/2012 11:57 PM
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Hi Jacquie,
Thank you so much for your advice. Appreciate it..
I will go for the narrow zigzag stitch ( lightning bolt stitch ) since everybody reckons it. Besides the triple stitch doesn't come with my machine.
 07/28/2012 08:48 AM
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MOM

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I have also used it as a stitch in the ditch for quilting.

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 07/28/2012 11:16 AM
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It looks like stitch 16 in the standard cam ( that's the blue one)

Edited: 07/28/2012 at 11:19 AM by jsm1144
 07/29/2012 08:38 PM
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CherylAnn

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A narrow zig zag works great for a stretch stitch. If you have a machine with at least 30 or so stitches (you don't say what machine you have), you should also have a "serger" stitch - terrible to unpick if you sew an "oops" seam but it really does hold well. I mostly use the "lightening" stitch to reinforce armholes and crotch seams but it does work also as a stretch stitch - it is also a nasty to unpick.

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 07/30/2012 06:22 AM
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Hi jsm 1144,
Wow..You must have gone through a number of research to help me. I appreciate it a lot. Thank you so so much. .
 07/30/2012 06:33 AM
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Hi MOM and Cheryl,
Thank you so much for the additional information on stretch stitch. Appreciate it.
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