What should my stitch length be?

What is the best stitch for: Suggested Stitch Length (mm) Stitches Per Inch
Standard Stitch Length 2.5 – 3.0 8 – 10
Basting stitch 5.0 – 7.0 4 – 5
Stay-stitching 1.5 – 2.0 12 – 8
Top-stitching – light/medium weight 3.0 – 3.5 7 – 8

What is the average stitch length?

The average stitch length is 2.5mm. This is the typical setting on newer sewing machines. Older machines usually give you a range of about 4 to 60 which tells you how many stitches per inch; the equivalent of 2.5mm is about 10-12 stitches per inch. The smaller the stitch length number, the smaller the stitch.

What setting should my sewing machine be on?

Most sewing is done in the 2.0 to 2.5 range. If you are foundation paper piecing, you may want to decrease your stitch length so that the paper tears away easier. Top stitching and quilting are usually done in the 3.0 to 3.5 range. Basting and gathering stitches are the longest, from 4.0 – 5.0.

What should the tension be for a straight stitch?

The dial settings run from 0 to 9, so 4.5 is generally the ‘default’ position for normal straight-stitch sewing. This should be suitable for most fabrics. If you are doing a zig-zag stitch, or another stitch that has width, then you may find that the bobbin thread is pulled through to the top.

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What is the best stitch length for machine piecing?

For piecing, 2.0 mm or about 13 stitches-per-inch is preferred. The default stitch length (what the machine automatically sets to) is usually longer than 2.0 mm. I recommend that quilters reset it to 2.0 mm for piecing, or to about 13 stitches-per-inch. Stitch length of 2.0 mm is perfect for piecing.

What should a straight stitch look like?

Straight Stitch

When it’s just right, your stitch will look like the one in the middle. The one on the left is too tight, causing the fabric to pucker, while the one on the right is too loose, making the stitches loopy. Here’s the same stitch on the underside of the fabric.

Why is my thread bunching underneath?

A: Looping on the underside, or back of the fabric, means the top tension is too loose compared to the bobbin tension, so the bobbin thread is pulling too much top thread underneath. By tightening the top tension, the loops will stop, but the added tension may cause breakage, especially with sensitive threads.

Why is my bottom stitch not straight?

If your thread is pulled tight on the underside and not forming an even stitch then (counter-intuitively) it’s usually the top thread tension that’s wrong. Sometimes very lightweight fabrics such as sheers can get dragged down into the machine so it’s a good idea to use a straight stitch plate.

When stitching a standard seam on a sewing machine what stitch length setting should be used?

Set the machine for straight stitch, with a stitch length of approximately 2-2.5mm. Sew, just inside the seam allowance.

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What is the strongest sewing stitch?

The strongest stitch on a sewing machine is a straight stitch. The straight stitch is very hard to tear, and when combined with tough and long-lasting nylon or polyester thread, we get the most durable result.

Why is my zigzag stitch sewing straight?

If the upper thread appears as a single line, the lower thread is incorrectly threaded. Instead of the appropriate tension being applied to the lower thread, it is pulled through the fabric when the upper thread is pulled up.

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