Is there even a difference? The answer is yes. I tend to use them interchangeably, but the stretch needles do have some benefits for the extra stretchy fabrics like lycra/spandex.
Both types have a rounded end compared to a universal needle, which prevents snags or runs in the knit fabric. But a stretch needle also
Does your hem get wonky and wobbly when you sew stretch fabrics? This tutorial will show you how to get a nice flat hem.
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This tutorial will show you how to sew stretch and knit fabrics with a regular sewing machine.
People often make the mistake of thinking they can’t work with knits if they don’t have an overlock machine, but knit fabrics existed a long time before sergers were commonly available as home machines, so don’t be afraid
Here’s my newest tutorial video – inserting snaps with the handy dandy Snapsource SnapSetter Tool. This one’s a quickie!
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Making a ruffle (aka gathering) is a basic sewing technique that you can use a million different ways once you know how to do it.
There are a lot of ways to ruffle or gather. In this tutorial, I create the ruffle as I sew, instead of gathering the fabric ahead of time. It takes
A serger is a specialized sewing machine. Sometimes it’s called an overlock machine. It will generally use 4 threads and 2 needles. There are some machines that can also use 5 threads, and most machines have options that use 1 needle and 2 or 3 threads.
A serger makes a
You can’t backstitch with a serger, so you might be left wondering what to do with that little thread tail.
There are several ways of dealing with it, I recommend looking at your manual and seeing what option you like best. My favorite way is to take a big fat needle (a yarn needle or
Sewing first vs. serging first
There is some argument about this in the sewing community, and I think it depends mostly on what you’re sewing and personal preference. When in doubt, experiment, and find what works best for you.
Sew first, then serge: I think this would be a good place to start if you’re
Take a look at the hem of most t-shirts and you’ll see what’s called a coverstitch or coverhem. Most people assume that this is done by a serger. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Some higher end sergers will indeed convert to a coverstitch machine. Or you can buy a stand alone coverstitch machine. I
For things like stretch lace, where you’ll often be sewing it on top of the hem, you don’t want the stitching to show.
I like to use a lingerie stitch in this case. It looks like a zig-zag stitch made of tiny straight stitches, and it blends in really well with stretch