Basic Sewing Machine Stitches

Basic stitchesThis week I have some really fun basic sewing projects lined up! New to sewing? Today we're sharing four basic sewing machine stitches and what they are used for. These are the most common stitches that you'll want to learn. Here are some details about what each one can do...

Basting Stitch

Basting Stitch This stitch is most commonly used as any temporary stitch that you plan to eventually rip out. You can also use the basting stitch to gather and stay stitch.

Straight Stitch

Straight Stitch This is the most common stitch. You will use the straight stitch for seams, hems and topstitching.

Zigzag StitchZigzag Stitch This stitch is great for stretch fabrics, finishing edges and attaching elastic. You can also use it for stitching around appliqués and making buttonholes.
Three-Step Zigzag StitchThree-Step Zigzag Stitch This stitch is best for extreme stretch (for example lingerie and swimwear) and attaching elastic.

I'll be sharing lots of sewing projects with you this week! Together we'll learn tips for sewing leather, cotton, stretch fabrics and knitwear. We'll be learning basic skills while making adorable things to wear! I can't wait. xo, elsie

This sewing basics series was created in collaboration with Missy Creed of Momentum Fashion. Missy is a talented seamstress who sews for Red Velvet!

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