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Sewing help please! My stitches are breaking!

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I am making a bunch of headbands with stretch fabrics.  I am using a zig zag stitch and being careful not to stretch the fabric as I sew. 

But now I am finding when I stretch the headbands to put on I can hear some stitches break! Aarrgghh!  What am I doing wrong?  Every search I have done just says use zig zag stitch.

 

thanks for any ideas!

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Improper tension or maybe using the wrong type of thread. There are special types of thread designed to be used on stretchy garments & accessories.

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I have tried adjusting the tension bit by bit but I end up with snagged threads.  I am using polyester thread, which was the recommended thread.

 I will try the 3 step and cross my fingers!

Thanks to all.  I can sew just enough to be dangerous.

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My favorite bra company (Ewa Michalak) uses a three step to affix the trim to the stretch sides of their bras and I’ve never popped those stitches, even while jogging 🙂

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1 hour ago, Arctic Mama said:

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My favorite bra company (Ewa Michalak) uses a three step to affix the trim to the stretch sides of their bras and I’ve never popped those stitches, even while jogging 🙂

🏆  Above and beyond!  Thank you!!

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Use a double needle like this: 

This video is for a hem, but you can use the needles elsewhere. It provides a very strong, stretchy seam.

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Try stretching the fabric slightly as you stitch, which will add in more length of thread for a given length of fabric. (Which is what the zigzag stitch does— stretching the fabric will do it even more.) It will likely make a wavy looking seam, but should straighten out just fine when the headband is stretched. Good luck with your project!

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More great ideas!!! Hooray!  Thank you!  I am going to try all these strategies.

🙂

 

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Are you using a ball point needle? I had no end to my hassles with knits until I switched the needle and then all was well.

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