5 Times Where Using Your Sewing Machine’s Zig-Zag Stitch Is Essential

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One of the most useful, yet under used stitches available on almost every sewing machine, is the zig-zag stitch. Most people opt for the straight stitch when just starting out, as it is what the default is set as on a sewing machine. But, the zig-zag stitch allows for the creating and functioning of certain garments that the straight stitch does not allow for.

Whether you are using an affordable sewing machine like the Empisal Creations, or something more advanced like the Empisal Expression, the zig-zag stitch should be available on it. And, it is preferable to use in these situations:


  1. Useful For Stretch Fabric
    Knit fabric has a lot of stretch in it. Using a straight stitch on a knitted fabric is not ideal. This is because a straight stitch has no give in it, meaning it cannot stretch with the material. A zig-zag stitch is perfect for this application, however, as it allows the fabric to stretch and deform.


  1. Finishing a Raw Edge
    Any woven fabric will fray unless the edge is finished. There are a few stitches you can use to finish a raw edge, and the zig-zag stitch is one of them!


  1. Repair Holes
    A tear in your fabric will just get larger if left to its own devices. Place a small scrap of fabric behind the hole and use a zig-zag stitch to close it! Try to use a matching thread colour so your repair work does not stick out.


  1. Stitch On a Patch
    In order to effectively stitch on a patch, it will be best to use a wide, close together zig-zag stitch that will ensure the patch stays in place and can handle additional strain.


  1. Decoration
    The zig-zag stitch is inherently pretty and instrumental in creating what is known as the lettuce of a flutter edge. In order to do this, use a zig-zag stitch and sew right on the raw edge of the fabric, pulling as you go.


Empisal is a proud supplier to the South African Market for all sewing equipment. Whether you are looking for a sewing machine, overlockers or anything else related to sewing, Empisal is your go-to supplier. For more information, contact us today.

Learning To Sew? 10 Sewing Terms Every Beginner Should Know

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Sewing is one the most useful and fulfilling skills that one can learn. The ability to create garments and toys is both practical for everyday use and ideal for personalised gifts. It is actually very simple to learn to sew, but there are always things one can do to improve your pieces and make your projects look professional – even with an affordable sewing machine like the Empisal Creations. Here are 10 sewing tips to give your projects that special edge:

  1. How to Backstitch
    In order to secure a line of stitching, you need to backstitch it. This is done by running the machine in reverse, making one to three stitches over the already existing stitch line, securing it in place.


  1. Baste
    Sewing a baste is really important, as it allows you to hold the piece in place while you are sewing the final stitch. The baste is essentially a long stitch done to hold the fabric in place, and is removed after the final stitch is in.


  1. Clip
    When sewing a curved seam, you can flatten the material by snipping it along the inside of the curve; make sure you don’t accidentally cut your stitch.


  1. Finishing Seams
    Sewing in a finishing seam stops the fabric from fraying. There are multiple stitches you can use to finish a piece, depending on the fabric used. For the best results, consider using the Empisal Overlocker EOL4D.


  1. The Difference Between Knit And Woven Fabrics
    Knit fabrics have a lot of stretch, and will unravel – but not fray. Woven fabrics will have directional stretch, and will both unravel and fray.


  1. Cut a Notch
    Cutting a notch in pieces that you have to overlay will aid in aligning them correctly.


  1. Grade Your Seams
    Seams need to be graded to reduce the bulk created from having multiple seams.


  1. Gathering Stitches
    To make your fabric appear fuller, use a gathering stitch. Leave long thread trails which you can pull to adjust the folds before you sew.


  1. Edge Stitch
    To edge stitch, add a second row of stitches very close to the seam line on the right side of the fabric. This is usually sewn to keep pressed seams in place.


  1. Stay Stitch
    Use a stay stitch around a curve to prevent distortion of the fabric.

From ironing equipment, to a steam press to sewing kits, Empisal has all the sewing equipment you need to learn to sew. For more information, contact us today.