Application of rick-rack – SINGER W1717 User Manual

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Application of Ultra Stretch



A. Seaming
On most knits, a 3/16 inch finished
seam, such as stitch and overcast
or the overlock stitch, is more
desirable than a 5/8 inch opened
seam allowance. These stitches

can create a neater, more profes
sional finish, eliminate bulky seams
prevent curling, permit the gar­
ment to "give" under stress, and
at the same time they cut down
on the amount of work involved

in making a garment. If ever in
doubt as to which of the two
stitches to use, test both on the
particular fabric in question and
choose according to their perform­
The stitch and overcast stitch

is excellent for stretch fabrics
such as sweater knits, bathing suit
knits, and cotton knits. It has
the greatest strength and elasticity
of all.

For patterns with 3/16 inch seam

allowances: Feed the fabric such
that the needle goes over the
raw edge of the fabric when it
swings to the right.

For patterns with 5/8 inch seam

allowances; Feed the raw edge of
the fabric along the etched guide
line "1/2", then trim away the
excess fabric close to the stitch­


B. Procedure:
•Overlock stitching is used for

seaming and finishing the cut
edge of knit fabrics, all in one

•This overlook stitch is especially

good for stretch fabrics such

I as double knit and jersey and

; will give a firm, neat edge finish.

Application of Rick-Rack


A. Topstitching/Rick-Rack
A decorative topstitch can be

produced with the rick-rack
stitch. Stitch around the structural
lines of the garment for a special

effect. Topstitch braid or a deco­

rative inset to add an additional
creative flair.

B. Tapering/Rick-Rack

The rick-rack stitch may be tape-

red to form creative stems and

petals of flowers, embroidered
pictures and wall hangings. As in
tapering the zigzag, slowly turn
the stitch width lever from 0 to 5

and back to 0. A group of these
tapered rick-rack stitch will form a

bouquet-like effect.
C. Procedure:

•The elastic rick-rack stitch is a

zigzag line of stitching that is
desired so that seams may be

pressed open.

•Apply this stitch to areas of stress

on both wovens and knits.

• Use narrow width of zigzag as a

heavy duty triple stitch for seams

• Use medium and wide widths of

zigzag for overcasting edges of
seams, facings and hems of

heavier weight fabrics such as
terrycloth, and for attaching ela
Stic. Use also for decorative


• Guide your fabric from the front

Do not pull or push as it will
cause poor stitching.