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Choosing the correct stitch length is of utmost importance, i he correct choice will make the
differer^ce in the wear and appearance of your new garment. The table below is a practical guide
to stitch length selection. Refer to it before starting a sewing project.
Remember to make a test
sample on a scrap piece of the fabric you will be using.
STITCH LENGTH GUIDANCE TABLE
WEIGHT OF FABRICS
FILMY SHEER LIGHT MEDIUM HEAVY VERY HEAVY
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Knit or Stretch Fabrics
Contrary to common belief it is not always necessary to use a S-t-r-e-t-c-h stitch on all seams in
garments made from these fabrics. Always consider the “Stress” areas, for example; arm,holes,
crotch seams, also now much the garment 'will be required to “give” and where. Use a stretch
stitch where needed. Moreover, always ascertain that the fit of the garment is correct before
sewing any seam v/ith a S-t-r-e-t-c-h stitch. Ripping out a S-t-r-e-t-c-h stitch is difficult and may
damage fabric. See page 46 for sewing on stretch fabrics.