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Date: 1/5/11 7:14 PM

I have searched for months and sewed for awhile always not satisfied with my seams on, knit fabric until now! I have recently discovered a stitch that many machines have that sew knits like a dream! This is the stitch it is a straight stretch stitch:

I can sew on my rib knit with this stitch and then sew on top of it, right side out, with this stitch and it looks professional! I am so excited to learn this I thought I would share!
Do you have any secrets!
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Date: 1/5/11 8:50 PM

I have that stitch (just checked)! I have no idea what it does! :D

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Date: 1/5/11 8:57 PM

Now with a title like that, I had to click on this thread and read it!! I have that stitch too. I've never used it either. This is going to be interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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Date: 1/5/11 10:30 PM

I'm guessing that is a triple stitch - does it stitch, then back up, and restitch the same stitch? That is a great one to use - I like it for top stitching hems!

If you have a "Lightning" stitch, that is a great one for seams. I just googled and found a picture of it, number 06

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Date: 1/5/11 10:32 PM

I have this stitch on my machine and have used it several times - mainly for the crotch seam in slacks.
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Date: 1/5/11 11:36 PM

It's also a great stitch to use for top-stitching when you want your stitching to appear bolder (and don't happen to have thicker thread on hand).

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Date: 1/6/11 1:16 AM

Quote: quathy
I'm guessing that is a triple stitch - does it stitch, then back up, and restitch the same stitch? That is a great one to use - I like it for top stitching hems!



If you have a "Lightning" stitch, that is a great one for seams. I just googled and found a picture of it, number 06




I have that stitch on my Elna 6200, I think its one of Elna's speciality stitches. Its excellent on stretch knits and I use it all the time

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Date: 1/6/11 3:15 AM

This so timely! I've been resisting the finishing of a stretch garment because I wanted to topstitch the fashion fabric to the lining at the edges, & was unsure what sort of stitch would work.

I just did a test piece & I think this stitch will be perfect! Thank you!

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Date: 1/6/11 8:20 AM

If you do happen to have the "lightning" stitch that addicted2fabric mentioned, it's great for sewing knit seams. I think its the strongest stitch with the most stretch, and if you need to open out the seam, it allows you to press it perfectly flat. Often I sew the seam with that, then go back over the stitching with an overedge, so I can trim the seam and press to one side.

I believe most Janome models will have it; not sure about other brands.

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Date: 1/6/11 11:24 AM

Some vintage Kenmores (and other machines) have this because of the double knit rage back in the 1970s. My old 1971 Kenmore 1602 had this stitch. And I believe all my newer machines have it as well. It is a triple stitch most assuredly for crotch seaming as well as other seams that have a lot of stress on them. I do like the lightening stitch as well. I hardly ever use this though, preferring a small ZZ stitch for most of today's knits. However, the lightening stitch is probably what I should be using.

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