The zigzag stitch is another common stitch used in sewing. It has a lot of variations and is used for different purposes. Learn how to sew by tinkering with your sewing machine and know more of the zigzag stitch’s power! Keep reading for the tutorial.
Learning how to sew a zigzag stitch is simple and easy. The length and width of the zigzags can also be adjusted. Compared to the single stitch, this stitch is sturdier.
Sewing 101 : How to Sew a Zigzag Stitch
Sturdy Stitch for the Extra Mile
Today we are going to learn how to sew a zigzag stitch. You might be wondering why anyone would want to use this kind of stitch when it’s mostly used for decorative purposes. Well, it’s actually a sturdy stitch that has a greater hold. I also use thid stitch to prevent fraying. I also find it useful when sewing appliques and buttons.
Step 1. Set up your sewing machine
Before we begin, we need to thread our sewing machine. Since we are just learning how to sew the zigzag stitch, we will select the average stitch width and length. You can check your sewing machine manual how to do this.
Step 2. Change the presser foot
There is a special presser foot for sewing zigzag stitch. Switch the straight stitch presser foot with this. Then take the needle thread and put it underneath the presser foot and put both threads towards the back of the machine. We are now ready to zigzag stitch.
Step 3. Start Sewing
Now, take a piece of fabric and fold it in half. Let’s put it under the presser foot then clamp it down. Then we will use the 5/8ths of an inch seam guide on the right. Sew an inch forward then press reverse to sew backward then sew forward again. Then, continue sewing forward. End your sewing with this method as well.
Jennifer from Workroom Social made a quick but informative video in Howcast on how to sew the zigzag stitch. check out her video down below:
Toy around with your sewing machine and learn how to sew different types of zigzag stitches. You can make your zigzag narrow or wide by changing the width. If you notice that your fabric gathers in a tunnel, use the pattern to the right of the zigzag which looks like a dotted zigzag. Use the zigzag stitch to finish the seams of your projects.
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