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    Old 06-05-2018, 10:31 PM
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    Originally Posted by Farmhousesewer
    When most straight stitch machines came out, there was no such thing as a stretch needle!
    Yep, You'd need a ball point back in the day and even today.
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    Old 06-05-2018, 10:38 PM
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    I've got the stretching while sewing figured out, and now it's time to put the machine away for a while and work on quilting my quilt. Look, he's sad
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    Old 06-05-2018, 11:22 PM
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    I find Wonder Tape very usefully for stretchy projects. It is a very narrow double-sided sticky tape for fabrics.

    https://www.joann.com/dritz-washaway...s/3496254.html

    It recommend doing a test piece first - it should wash out at the first wash.
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    Old 06-06-2018, 04:13 AM
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    When straight stitch machines first came out, knit fabric didn't exist.
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    Old 06-06-2018, 07:41 AM
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    use a twin needle (it fits in exactly like a regular needle, if your machine doesn't have places for 2 spools of thread, use 2 bobbins on the thread spool). It will sew 2 rows on top and a zigzag on the bottom from the bobbin. This will give it a little bit of stretch. I do this whenever I need to repair the hem on a t-shirt top and don't want to use the serger.
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    Old 06-06-2018, 09:31 AM
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    Originally Posted by klswift
    use a twin needle (it fits in exactly like a regular needle, if your machine doesn't have places for 2 spools of thread, use 2 bobbins on the thread spool). It will sew 2 rows on top and a zigzag on the bottom from the bobbin. This will give it a little bit of stretch. I do this whenever I need to repair the hem on a t-shirt top and don't want to use the serger.
    Is the hole in the needle plate of a straight stitch machine wide enough to accommodate two needles?
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    Old 06-06-2018, 01:46 PM
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    No it isn't. You can't use a twin needle in a straight stitch machine.

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    Old 06-06-2018, 05:31 PM
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    Originally Posted by Farmhousesewer
    When most straight stitch machines came out, there was no such thing as a stretch needle!
    There was also no double knit when most of the straight stitch machines came out. Singer's first stretch stitch machines were the 750 touch and sews. I found the receipt for mine the other day. I bought my 778 in 1976. I paid $389.95 for it.

    Think "leisure suit".

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