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Date: 10/3/10 5:46 PM

For a while now, I've been recommending the lightning bolt stretch stitch for sewing seams and topstitching hems on lightweight to medium weight rayon-lycra knits.

The drawback with this stretch stitch is that not everyone has it in their sewing machine(s). It used to be in the much older Janome models (and other Janome-made sewing machines), but now Janome moved this stitch to their computerized, more expensive models. But beware: not all computerized SMs have adjustable presser foot pressure. This lightning bolt stitch does not work very well if your machine does not have adjustable presser foot pressure. I guess, one can use a walking foot, though I dislike using it when sewing with knits.

Well, I just discovered the triple straight stretch stitch on my older Kenmore 158.1947 sewing machine. I used this stitch to topstitch the hem on my daughter's PJs, and wow, it did a fine job!



I stabilized the top edge of the hem with steam-a-seam before topstitching. But I also had great success using the triple straight stretch stitch with the waist casing--just fold over the allowance, press, and sew about an 1/8" from the edge.

The stretch is amazing! The fabric you see above is a light-to-medium weight cotton-lycra knit.

I will experiment with my more lightweight rayon-lycra knits to see just how well this triple straight stretch stitch performs.

I assume that most (if not all) older Kenmore sewing machines have this stitch and also adjustable presser foot pressure. I know that all my older Kenmores do, though not sure about the vintage Kenmores. Here's a close-up of what the triple straight stretch stitch looks like on my older Kenmore.



It's the stitch on the far right.



-- Edited on 10/3/10 5:48 PM --

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Dec 2012: 2 yards

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Date: 10/3/10 6:32 PM

that kinda looks like a flat lock seam i can do on my serger. TFS. :)

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Date: 10/3/10 7:01 PM

I use this stitch on my Janome all the time (or whenever I'm annoyed with my coverstitch machine which is most of the time). It's a great stitch.

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January 2009 to January 2010 81 yards out and 71yards in January 2010 to the present 106.7 yards out and 146.5 yards in. January 2011 to the present: 47 yards out and 69 yards in.

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Date: 10/3/10 7:18 PM

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whenever I'm annoyed with my coverstitch machine


I was just thinking how I can now put off buying a coverstitch machine (and feel quite good about it) having discovered this stretch stitch!

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Dec 2012: 2 yards

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Date: 10/3/10 8:14 PM

I have got to know where you found the Hello Kitty knit. WANT! WANT! WANT!

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Date: 10/3/10 9:44 PM

I can't resist: Try saying the title of this thread 3 times, fast.

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Date: 10/6/10 2:35 AM

I have this stitch on two of my machines, as the other machines are vintage zigzags. What I use with those is a multi stitch zigzag in a narrow width.

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Date: 10/6/10 5:37 AM

Oh that is so neat!!! I love that stitch.
I want that fabric too!! I love that Hello Kitty! ..... Where did you get it? Fess up!

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Date: 10/7/10 1:07 AM

Thanks for posting this! I always forget about the lightning stitch... and now I'll have to look for that triple stitch, too!

And, yeah, I want the Kitty too!!!

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Date: 10/7/10 6:54 AM

Just make sure everything is perfect though. Seam ripping lightning and triple knit stitches can be like H*ll on Earth.

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Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Coverstitch: Janome CP1000. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.

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