The Stitches Your First Sewing Machine Should Include

A beginner would be overwhelmed with the wide array of sewing machines that are available in the market today. One might be tempted to make purchase simply for the fact that it comes at an affordable price, plus it comes with a whopping number of stitches to choose from!

There are different kinds of stitches that you can make use of with the sewing machine you bought. To learn more about these basic stitches in detail, you can make a quick visit at Teach You To Sew, as well as other facts that you should know about sewing.

Straight Stitch

  • Consists of small, straight and equidistant stitches
  • Used for general sewing needs and topstitching
  • Basting stitch
  • Same as the straight stitch, only longer in length and easier to remove
  • Used for gathering fabric, hold the fabric in place initially, guide before stitching in a seam, or when you need an easily removable stitch (fitting)
  • Just set the stitch length to highest setting if your machine doesn’t have a basting stitch setting
  • Tacking stitch
  • Stitch will automatically tack itself at the beginning and end (stitch icon with lightning bolt either at the end or on both ends of the line)
  • Used for securely fastened stitches
  • Zigzag stitch
  • Second most commonly used stitch producing a spoiler or zigzag pattern.
  • Used for stretch seam (stretchy fabrics with a bit of give for the seams), sewing trims or elastic, finishing edges, appliqueing (blanket stitch) and satin stitching
  • Overlock stitch
  • Mimics stitches of a 4 thread serger (overlock machine) but only uses single needle sewing machine
  • Used for finishing edges without serger; prevents fabric from ravelling

The ones mentioned above are just some of the most common kinds of stitches available in sewing machines, but out the many, you only need 2 for beginners: the straight stitch and the zigzag stitch.

Mastery with the use of these 2 stitches will already be sufficient enough to start your sewing journey.