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Sewing 101 - Basic Sewing Machine Stitches and Their Uses
Do you have a question about how to do one of these specific stitches?

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9 thoughts on “Sewing 101 – Basic Sewing Machine Stitches and Their Uses

  1. This is a great resource! Although #4 under "straight stitch lengths" doesn't say what that length is used for…?

    Posted on July 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  2. Thank you for the information i will print this of ,and keep it by my machine.

    Posted on January 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm
  3. This would make a cute poster for the sewing room. Thank you for the info! When I clicked on your "learn more about me" link a page of HTML script came up rather than the web page.

    Posted on September 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    1. Great idea! I think I fixed it. Sorry!

      Posted on September 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm
  4. Thanks for the timely information .

    Posted on September 18, 2012 at 8:42 am
  5. Does using a zigzag stitch on knits help keep them from stretching and puckering?

    Posted on September 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm
    1. Nothing really helps knits from stretching and puckering, but the cross-stich does a lot better than the zigzag.

      Posted on September 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm
  6. when you talk about the stitch lengths which of these pertains to the settings on the machine? the mm or the stitch per inch?

    thanks!

    Posted on September 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    1. The mm is the number that shows up on the settings of the sewing machine. Good question!

      Posted on September 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm