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Thread: Stitch to use with fleece

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    Junior Member lynn7448's Avatar
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    Which type stitch should you use when sewing with fleece? Stretch stitch, zigzag, regular but longer stitches,etc? Thanks for you help with this.

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    I usually use my regular length straight stitch for blankets. I would do the same for a quilt. The cotton fabric won't give, so why should the fleece need to? I use a very narrow zigzag in regular length for apparel. You might need a little give there. A fancy stitch on the edge of scarves. Lengthening the stitch will make it more likely to break, so I never do that.

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    I use a little longer straight stitch.

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    fleece is stretchy, I would use a stretch stitch with it JMHO :D:D:D

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    I have used a very narrow zigzag. IMO it's best to use some kind of a stitch with "give", since the fabric is so easily stretched. If the fabrics stretches and the stitches do not, the stitches will break. A very narrow zigzag provides some give, but still gives the effect of a straight stitch.

    Isn't a stretch stitch basically a narrow zigzag? Never thought to check my sewing machine to see......

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    I used a regular straight stitch and a few decorative stitches when using fleece as a quilt backing. Otherwise, just a straight stitch.

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    I use a stretch stitch too. It's not a zig zag. It goes forward, back, forward like a triple stitch. On the machine stitch guide it looks like three lines next to each other. I don't understand how it's stretchy but it is. I also use a longer stitch on any knits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I use a stretch stitch too. It's not a zig zag. It goes forward, back, forward like a triple stitch. On the machine stitch guide it looks like three lines next to each other. I don't understand how it's stretchy but it is. I also use a longer stitch on any knits.
    My bet is it isn't stretchy, but it adds a lot of strength so that the stitching line doesn't break when the fabric is stretched. My machine has that kind of stitch but I rarely use it because it takes 3 times as long to stitch a seam.

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    Actually it does stretch. I used to sew tshirts and such when my kids were little using very stretchy knits. I would use the triple stretch stitch and it would definitely stretch.

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