Today we’re going to talk about sewing machine stitches. Most sewing machines will have a wide variety of stitches available on them. We are going to focus on the three stitches that I use most often for my sewing projects.
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Sewing Machine Stitches
1) Medium Straight Stitch – The first sewing machine stitch we are going to talk about is the straight stitch. This is definitely the stitch that I use the most, and I think most sewists would agree. It is a simple way to connect two pieces of fabric. I usually have the stitch length set on a medium length. The tighter the straight stitch, the more secure the connection of the fabrics will be.
2) Long Straight Stitch (Basting Stitch) – This is the straight stitch set on a longer stitch length. There are certain applications where this stitch works well. I use it to baste two pieces of fabric together, temporarily, until the real stitching is done. I probably use this stitch most often when I am making cording – when I sew the wrapped fabric around the cord. I also use the long straight stitch when I want to mark my fabric, for instance, when I am going to hand sew the bottom edge of a pillow closed. Finally, by pulling the threads on the long straight stitch, you can use it to make gathers for a ruffle.
3) Zig Zag Stitch – The zig zag stitch is a like a straight stitch only it crosses back and forth instead going in a straight line. There are two applications that I use the zig zag stitch for. The first is for button holes, and the second is when I want to make gathers for a ruffle, gathered dust ruffle, or even a valance. I zig zag over a heavy string or dental floss, and then pull the strings to make the gathers.
Like I said before, there are a lot of other sewing machine stitches available on most machines. What are some that you use most often?