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i’m new at sewing and have been using a twin needle to sew stretchy jersey/knit fabrics. everything is turning out great, plenty of ease, perfect fit BUT my stitches still show on the outside. Initially i was using a single needle and a zig zag stitch but that was showing so i figured it was the zig zag’s fault, now i’m using a twin needle and they’re STILL showing. the shirt is loose for me but when i pull it over my head/shoudlers, it stretches and i guess that’s why it’s pulling at the seams. Anyway, i don’t want the stitches to show.
what can i use to stop them from showing?
since it’s just side and sleeve seams, could i just use a straight stitch with a single needle ?
or is that a no-no on jerseys/knit fabric?




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    Oct 21, 2011, 01.29 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Are you using a jersey needle? That might give you a better tension for the stitch. I’ve had that problem before, it’s really just about using the correct needle (jersey or ball point) and then doing a test and adjusting the tension until you are happy with your test.

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    Oct 21, 2011, 01.40 AMby patti-r

    Read This: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4584/a-primer-on-sewing-knits Assuming you are using a sewing machine. Are you using a Ball Point or Stretch Needle? Are your stitches skipping? Have you preshrunk the fabric? Double needle often used with wooly nylon in bobbin for hems. Sewing two single rows rather than double needle usually works better on seams. If after you sew a seam and tug on fabric it looks like it is loose shorten you stitch length. Make sure the machine is threaded correctly and is seating in to all the guides, Check your bobbin make sure it is inserted correctly. Single knit jersey is light weight and stretches more. Check back and tell us if any of this helps others may have more input.

    Sorry kiwi just saw your post after I finished, HA!

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    Oct 21, 2011, 01.41 AMby sadafmurad

    I use a jersey needle when i use a single needle and i don’t know about the double needle. I don’t think those come in jersey specifications. I am using the shmetz 4.00/80 maybe it’s about the tension. I haven’t fiddled with that as such, i just keep it on the 3, (it’s out of 10) do you think i can just do a basic stitch with the single needle on the seams and it’ll be ok? i’m afraid to test it on my shirt because it came out really nicely…


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    Oct 21, 2011, 01.47 AMby sadafmurad

    i did preshrink the fabric and I am using a sewing machine. I will try changing up the stitch length and try it! going to read the article now. it IS a really light weight jersey so maybe that’s an isue too.

    thank you!

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    Oct 21, 2011, 02.02 AMby patti-r

    Do as kiwi says test the stitches before sewing on your fashion fabric, try the regular stitch I have used the 3 and 2.5 and loosen the tension 1 notch. Sometimes that fabric is very quirky. Good luck keep us updated.

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    Oct 21, 2011, 02.27 AMby sadafmurad

    ok will do! thank you guys!

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    Oct 21, 2011, 03.50 AMby sadafmurad

    ok i changed the needle to a regular ballpoint needle instead of the double needle and used a regular straight stitch and I think it’s good now! no more showing stitches! thanks everyone!

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    Oct 21, 2011, 04.01 AMby sadafmurad

    except now my seams are no longer stretchy. oh well. it’s either one or the other.

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      Oct 21, 2011, 01.35 PMby patti-r

      Sadag, The stitches should be at least stable to support the fabric and style of silhouette/shape.
      Many times these side, shoulder and zipper seams need to be taped with a bias knit interfacing’s strips or a product called Seams Great 5/8 inch by 10 yard roll, think JoAnn Fabrics has it. Do not use on hem.

      Hang the garment for a day, like I said the fabric is quirky, it grows when using the light weight jersey, Hanging allows it to stretch so you can even the hems.

      If using a pattern always check the amount of stretch required in fabric, some have a guide on side of pattern for stretch or say something like 25% or less, Some require more stretch.

      BTW we never ask, what are you making?


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    Oct 22, 2011, 04.59 AMby sadafmurad

    thanks so much patti!

    i made this


    and i added a cowl neck to it!

    thanks for the information on binding the side seams etc. I will look for it next time i go to the garment district.

    i really need to start adding pictures of the stuff i’ve made onto my profile but i’ve been really lazy about it. i made a super cute skirt today for my cousin, i want to upload a picture of that too!

    thanks again,


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      Oct 22, 2011, 02.01 PMby patti-r

      Hi Sadaf,
      Your very welcome, I like helping others, Great choice very classic style & versatile, cowl neck will really be nice.

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    Oct 22, 2011, 10.11 PMby sadafmurad

    thank you Patti! and thank you Patti and Kiwi for the advice!

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