SINGER 513 Stylist User Manual

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Straight Stretch Stitching



F!exi-Stitch Dial: Red I

Pattern Selector: Any Setting

Needle Position :X

Stitch Width: \

Stitch Length Dial: Red ^

General-Purpose Needle Plate

General-Purpose or
Special-Purpose Foot

© Speed : Moderate

When you use the straight stretch
stitch to seam knit stretch, and
elasticized fabric, s-t-r-e-t-c-h and
strength are built in as the seam is

being sevA/n. Because it is equally
useful for closed or press-open

seam construction and will not break
thread under stress, the straight

stretch stitch is also good for seams
that receive an unusual amount of strain
when worn. For example : crotch seaming,

sleeve insertion, and construction seams

in sportswear and bathing suits.


Make a test sample to determine

thread tension and stitch balance.

Be sure to insert a bali-point (yellow

band) needle in machine if you are

stitching a synthetic knit fabric, and

increase presser-bar pressure if neces­


2. Stitch and guide fabric as you do for

plain seams stitched with the regular

straight stitch, letting the machine

make the back-and-forth stitches that

give s-t-r-e-t-c-h to the seam, if

fabric has an unusual amount of

elasticity, it should be stitched under

tension as instructed under "Guiding
and Supporting Fabric" (see below).

Press seam as when using the regular

straight stitch.

Applying Genife Tension



Most fabrics of stretch or knit construction

need only to be guided in front of the

presser foot when you use one of the

stretch stitches. Simply increase presser

bar pressure and let the machine move

the fabric to make the stitches that give
S'-i-r-e~t-c-h to the seam,.

Some fabrics, however, require support

while being stitched.

© For nylon tricot, ciré, panné velvet and

similar synthetic knits, apply gentle
tension by holding fabric taut in front

and back of the presser foot as you sew.