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(what type of stitch to use?)
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Date: 8/22/10 11:38 AM

My pattern for a stretch knit top says to top stitch at the neck back, hem, and arm holes. My thread matches, but will be pretty visible. For a regular stitch for stretch materials, my machine recommends a double zig zag type stitch, but on my tests with this fabric, you can tell the stitch is not just a regular straight stitch and can see the double zigzag.

In this kind of situation, do people usually just use that stretch zig zag stitch any way, use a regular straight, non-stretch stitch, or do more of a blind hem (something that's just less visible)?

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Date: 8/22/10 11:49 AM

I always use a stretch double needle to hem knits. The stitch has some stretch to it, and it gives a nice faux-coverstitch/RTW finish.

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Date: 8/22/10 11:57 AM

I would use a fine zigzag which looks like a straight stitch from a distance. I don't use the double zigzag anymore. I love the zigzag that is 3 straight stitches up,3 down.
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Date: 8/22/10 11:58 AM

Thanks! but you have to pick a stitch on your machine regardless of the needle you use- get what I mean? I'm trying to figure out what stitch to select

(wrote before I saw the second response- thanks)
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Date: 8/22/10 12:07 PM

If you use a stretch double needle, you would use a simple straight stitch. The stretch of the stitch is provided by the bobbin thread.

One thing that really improves the quality of the finished product is to stabilize the area before stitching. Steam-A-Seam products (I prefer the lite SAS2 tape) are designed for this purpose. NAYY. You place the double sided sticky tape on the wrong side of the hem, peel away the backing, fold the hem over the tape, then press to fuse once you are happy with the folded hem. Then stitch the right side with the double needle so the edge of the hem is caught in the stitching.

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Date: 8/22/10 12:10 PM

Sorry for not being clear. Use a regular zigzag, then adjust the width of the stitch so it is almost straight.
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Date: 8/22/10 1:04 PM

Thanks so much- this was all perfect
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Date: 8/22/10 1:28 PM

Some of the loose and non-dense decorative stitches on your machine make good stretch stitches. Do the experiments on scraps first of course.
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Date: 8/22/10 7:36 PM

I use a triple stretch stitch on knits. It has some built in stretch to it.

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