In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to use a zig zag stitch and when to use them Hi there, I create videos every single Wednesday on how to use your sewing machine and simple sewing tips and tricks so as you’ll see on my machine.
I have like 1 2 3 4 5 6 different types of 6 stitches which I’m going to show what they all do stitches 9 and 10 are virtually the same they are zig zags used for over casting so let’s say that you don’t have a serger this would be a perfect stitch you could use in order to stop your fabric from fraying it looks like number 9 has a bit of a reinforcement stitch at the beginning of it and number 10 doesn’t that’s the only difference between these two so let’s see this stitch in action.
So as you can see this lining fabric has the tendency to fray as you can see on these two sides here, so I’ve just cut this one here and it’s already starting to fray at the top so I’m going to use the zig-zag stitch in order to create a kind like a serging effects over the edges of this fabric.
So I just lined it up and it’s just going to catch the edges of my fabric in that zigzag so this is what it looks like and it’s going to help to reduce any of that fray from happening another reason you would use a zig zag stitch is on stretchy material well this is super stretchy here so you’d use a zig zag stitch on it.
so I’m going to show you this demonstration using either number eleven or twelve now the difference between eleven and twelve is one is starting on the left side and the other starts on the right side so watch how the needle jumps so I’m going to select eleven now that is starting from the right side of the needle.
if I select stitch twelve it now scoots over and is starting from the left hand side of the needle so your presets on your machine will always show you in bold so I’m going to widen this zigzag because it’s a little bit too narrow like so and let’s see what this stitch looks like and you just want to guide your fabric through you don’t want to be like holding onto it let the machine do its job.
I’m just going to speed it up here now this is how this zig-zag stitch looks sorry I’m a little bit wonky because of the position of the camera when I’m doing these demonstrations but yours is going to be so much straighter than this and then when you tug on this the zig-zag stitch helps create a stretch to the fabric so you shouldn’t be using a straight stitch on your stretchy stitches a zig-zag stitch is perfect for this kind of material so the next two stitches.
I’m going to show you are number thirteen and fourteen so number fifteen is a two way elastic zig-zag stitch and number fourteen is a freeway zigzag elastic stitch so basically when you are putting on your elastic to a waistband or whatever you’re attaching a piece of elastic to this is perfect you will see this in lingerie garments it creates three stitches as it’s going over that zigzag rather than just doing one one one one and I’ll show you right now so this is my elastic and we’re going to use that three way zig-zag stitch in order to attach my elastic to this piece of cotton so I have selected number 14 which is the 3-step elastic zig-zag stitch.
so I’m going to get this started here now I’m going to start stretching my elastic and as it’s doing it it’s going over three times to secure that elastic into place (oopsie, lets grab that again) and pull it and it’s going to be a lot more secure than using just a regular zig zag stitch and just coming to the end here and this is what it looks like the reason why that looks like that is because it slipped as I was doing it but it’s much more securer to attach some elastic to a piece of cotton if you do this three stitch process on the zigzag so i’m just going to let it Ravel up there so that’s how you would do like a cuff etc.
Let me know in the comments down below, when was the last time you used your zig-zag stitch and what was it on and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss seeing me next week thank you so much for watching bye.