Crêpe, satin and peach · Feet · Overcasting · Straight stitch · Zig-zag stitch

Sewing crêpe, satin and peach fabrics, or You vs. the Pucker Demon

Crêpe, satin and peach fabrics come in several types and fibres, but they always remain difficult fabrics to sew. In particular, most machines have trouble sewing a straight seam along the length of the material - it puckers. Yes, it means the tension is too high, but no, it is not actually too high, and… Continue reading Sewing crêpe, satin and peach fabrics, or You vs. the Pucker Demon

Hems · Jersey

Hemming jersey

How do you hem your fine jersey? Why, with a twin needle on a sewing machine or a coverlock machine, of course - I hear you say. This is indeed a common technique and is essentially the same - and it requires you to fold your fabric beneath the surface and to stitch exactly on… Continue reading Hemming jersey

Jersey · Multi-needle · Needles · Singer

Sewing fine jersey with a twin needle

The finest jersey doesn't do well on a regular sewing machine - you can never get a flexible enough stitch that doesn't go pop when the jersey stretches in wear. For this reason I normally use one of my long bobbin machines to sew it, and with great success. To me, this is the only… Continue reading Sewing fine jersey with a twin needle

Comparisons and overviews · Jersey · Take-up lever drive · Tension adjustment

Flexible stitch: stitch length and other adjustments

It is summer again and I am sewing a lot of fine jersey. If you look through my blog, you'll notice that I am rather obsessed with flexible seams - seams that stretch with the jersey instead of ripping under strain. I found that different machines, different mechanism types have varied success at this task,… Continue reading Flexible stitch: stitch length and other adjustments

Attachments · Buttonholes · Jersey · Singer · Transverse shuttle

Buttons and buttonholes with a transverse shuttle machine

Impossible! It doesn't do zig-zag. True. But possible. 😁 I made a pair of long-sleeved tops out of fine viscose jersey, so I used my Singer 48K to get that flexible stitch with 60% stretch. Now I need to make buttonholes in the cuffs. I'm fussy about the feel of my clothes, so I did… Continue reading Buttons and buttonholes with a transverse shuttle machine