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Date: 12/21/13 4:15 PM

This is my first time sewing a jersey knit dress. I like the lightning stitch over the zigzag on my setting, was wondering for those that have a brother/babylock brand sewing machine what are the width and length setting you use for the lightning stitch. Also do you use regular all purpose thread for the fabric

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Date: 12/21/13 10:28 PM

I hate the lightning stitch. It cannot be ripped out. Use a narrow zig zag, ,5 wide by 3 long. It has give and can be removed if necessary.

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Date: 12/21/13 10:31 PM

Oh, I agree with Nancy on this. The lightning stitch puts a lot of thread in one spot and is impossible to remove. It's very dense. Not a stitch I would use on jersey knits. I agree with the narrow zigzag.
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Date: 12/21/13 10:54 PM

Do not use the lightning stitch! Nooooooo. Step away from the machine.

These sorry attempts by ordinary sewing machine manufacturers to imitate serger technology result in two things:

Seams with too much thread 'built into' them, the result being ripples and waves, and

Seams that are incredibly hard to rip out.

As others say, just use a narrow zigzag.

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Date: 12/21/13 10:55 PM

What they both said!

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Date: 12/22/13 0:31 AM

I have a Brother computerized machine and I sew knit seams with a regular straight stitch. When I've tried a stretch stitch or a zig zag on straight seams, they don't turn out as nice as a straight stitch does. I set my stitch length to 3.0, usually. Then I serge the excess seam allowance. As long as your knit garment is not skin tight, it will be fine and the knit itself will stretch when you move and not put strain on the seams.

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Date: 12/22/13 3:54 AM

Ive had success with the narrowist width you can set it for (0.2, 0.5) and a 3.0 length (or thereabouts). Decreasing the pressure on the presser foot may also help.

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Date: 12/22/13 12:15 PM

I use a straight stitch 3.0 for most knit seams with my Pfaff and built in walking foot.

Or serger.

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Date: 1/8/14 4:01 PM

How do they get that straight-but-stretchy stitch on the RTW necklines?
Mine sometimes get wonky, but I like the straight look better than a zigzag. Can't get the twin needle to work.

Does a stretch needle make a difference over a ball-point?
Anyone put in a stabilizer strip?
I have trouble getting a binding exactly even on a all-way stretch jersey--but it has the prettiest, brightest prints out there.

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Date: 1/8/14 8:50 PM

They use a coverstitch for ready to wear necklines. I hear you can use a twin needle, but I've never tried it.

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