When you invest in a sewing machine, you are exposed to an array of different stitches that can be used for construction or decorative purposes. With a sewing machine, it is actually possible to rapidly do a series of different stitches that otherwise cannot be done by hand. Sewing machine stitches also tend to be far more resistant and solid than hand stitches, hence ensuring that your work does not unravel. Consequently, sewing machines are very commonly used in clothes, especially athletic or evening wear.

Luckily enough, sewers can choose between several types of stitches. Here are some of the most popular types of machine stitches:

Straight stitch

Ideal for craft projects and clothes, straight stitches are created by bobbin threads and interlocking needles. While more expensive machine do include a straight foot, budget-friendly ones offer it as an option. This foot actually secures the fabric against the feed dogs. It is actually often used to replace all-purpose feed since it delivers far more stability. It is good to know that the straight feed can be used on lightweight and more delicate fabrics since they protect the fabric from being pushed down or punctuate by needle holes.

Decorative machine stitches

Decorative machine stitches are ideal for larger project since they enable you to craft intricate seams with minimal effort and in no time at all. Since they are used for embellishing purposes, decorative stiches are often used on accessories such as fabric handbags or on clothes, especially eveningwear. This type of stitch can also be used on bedding or to monogram towels, pillows, covers and the likes. The most popular types of decorative stitches are scallops, snowflakes and trains. In fact, in some cases, these types of stitches can even be used to attach appliques.

Zigzag stitch

Zigzag stitchesPresent in virtually every contemporary sewing machine, the zigzag stitch does exactly what it implies: one stich goes to the left and one to the right to secure the hems and prevent the fabric from unraveling. If you want to use a zigzag stitch on a machine, it is quite important to invest in a presser foot that has a wide hole. Sewers should also try to find a needle plate with a matching hole. Given the rather complicated nature of the stitch, the needle might break if the foot and plate are not perfectly aligned. If you’re working with a more delicate fabric such as satin or silk, it is important to ensure that your presser foot carries a small indentation that will prevent any consequent stitch built-up. The zigzag stitch is also used to finish seam allowances. In fact, your fabric can even be trimmed close to the finish because of the decorative nature of this type of stitch.

Blindhem stitch

Blind Hem stitchWhen done on a machine, the blindhem stitch is designed to be nearly completely invisible. This is why sewers often try to find a thread that closely matches their fabric. Professional sewers can even go for invisible threads. The great majority of sewing machines come with edge-stitching or blindhem feet that has a vertical edge guide designed to ensure that the stitches remain aligned and evenly spaced. The blindhem stitch is actually found on the majority of sewing machine because it is a basic seam that is used for construction purposes. In fact, if you’re ready to invest in a more expensive machine, chances are that you’ll probably be able to benefit from more than just one type of blindhem stitch. This type of stitch is commonly used for patch pockets, appliques, scallops, beading, zipper insertion, couching and the likes.