Monday, April 30, 2012

A to Z 2012 - Z

Join me as I blog my way through April - A to Z!
This month, you'll learn about those funny little
sewing defined by Seams Inspired.

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Zig-zag Stitch

Every once in a while, I'll have someone tell me they want to 'get into' sewing. The next line is always a question of what kind of sewing machine should they purchase. My response is always the same...

"All you need is a quality machine that sews straight and zig-zag stitches."
Seriously. The straight stitch is the running stitch used in almost every sewing application. The zig-zag stitch is used for sewing knits, for finishing seams, and for decorative stitching. It is an invaluable stitch, and is highly under-rated.

When sewing knit fabrics, such as jersey, the zig-zag stitch allows the fabric to keep its stretch...and also keep the seams together when you're wearing the garment. For fabrics that have a loose weave, the zig-zag stitch is used to finish the seam allowances, keep neat edges, and prevent raveling. To create a decorative stitch, the zig-zag can be set to a wider stitch width and shorter stitch length. Typically, if the stitch width is set to its widest point and shortest length, the zig-zag stitch is transformed into the 'satin' stitch.

If you are inspired to start sewing, look for a basic machine of good quality. Honestly, most vintage machines, often found in thrift stores or at yard sales, were made with metal parts and meant to be every-day workhorses. Though they usually only have the straight stitch and zig-zag stitch, with a bit of cleaning and oiling, those sewing machines can produce beautiful stitches and provide you with invaluable crafty experience as you learn to sew.
Did you think I was going to write about Zippers? ☺
Whew! Made it all the way from A to Z!!!

Happy Monday!

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