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    Old 06-04-2018, 12:27 PM
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    Default Sewing a sweatshirt with straight stitch only machine

    I'm going to cut out the pieces for a sweatshirt soon and want to use my vintage machine if possible. So, if you sew knit fabrics on a straight stitch only machine, how do you do it? Messing with tension, stretching while sewing, using a zigzagger, etc. I sewed a sweatshirt in home ec in junior high and we used a straight stitch for all the seams, but it ended up coming apart in a couple places.
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    Old 06-04-2018, 12:36 PM
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    When I took classes at Stretch and Sew - the method was:

    Use a longer stitch - stretch the fabric as one sews it - and then when the fabric is relaxed, there is some "stretch" in it.

    Practice on some scraps. I think we used about 6-8 stitches to the inch when sewing sweatshirt fabric.

    For added durability, sew a second seam about 1/16 inch away from the first seam - stretching the fabric again while sewing.
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    Old 06-04-2018, 05:47 PM
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    I would add interfacing to remove the stretch.
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    Old 06-04-2018, 07:31 PM
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    Also, use polyester thread, as it stretches and cotton thread doesn't.
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    Old 06-04-2018, 08:34 PM
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    Make sure that you use a ball point needle.
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    Old 06-04-2018, 08:42 PM
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    Originally Posted by bearisgray
    When I took classes at Stretch and Sew - the method was:

    Use a longer stitch - stretch the fabric as one sews it - and then when the fabric is relaxed, there is some "stretch" in it.

    Practice on some scraps. I think we used about 6-8 stitches to the inch when sewing sweatshirt fabric.

    For added durability, sew a second seam about 1/16 inch away from the first seam - stretching the fabric again while sewing.
    This is how I learned to do it too. Also, you can now find stretchy knit serger thread. It works great for kids knit wear, and you can use it on your straight stitch machine. And, as Karen mentioned, a ball point or knit needle is necessary.
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    I sewed with knits for years using the straight stitch on vintage machines but you have to use the correct needle. The needle is vitally important, it’s made for knits.
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    You can also use a very tiny zigzag stitch for knits.
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    Old 06-05-2018, 06:02 AM
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    Originally Posted by MaggieLou
    You can also use a very tiny zigzag stitch for knits.
    She wants to use a straight stitch only machine.
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    Old 06-05-2018, 06:10 PM
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    When most straight stitch machines came out, there was no such thing as a stretch needle!
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