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Stay stitching knits
Do you use a straight stitch or zig-zag?
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Date: 3/5/13 7:07 PM

One more of those questions that has bugged me for a while: Are you supposed to stay stitch bias edges of a knit with a straight stitch or a slight zig-zag? I usually do the slight zig-zag within the SA, however I'm not sure that is the correct way.

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Date: 3/5/13 7:13 PM

My patterns have always shown and told me to use a straight stitch when stay stitching, even on patterns that are only for stretch fabric. Since the whole point is to prevent stretching, I figure it makes sense to not want ANY stretch at those points. I've never had a problem when it once the piece is constructed either.

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Date: 3/5/13 7:36 PM

I agree with HanPanda. I usually sew the same v-neck top, which always calls for straight stay-stitching up both sides of the v-point for several inches - otherwise the neckline can get stretched out of shape before it's finished. I try to keep my stay-stitching is just inside the seam allowance, so it doesn't show when I sew the final seam.

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Date: 3/8/13 4:36 PM

I've never actually stay stitched a knit - if I have something that needs to be 'stayed' I will fuse a little piece of tricot interfacing to the needed place. I've done that on shoulder seams and on v-necklines.

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