What thread do I use for stretchy fabric?
The most common threads used to sew stretch knit fabrics are textured polyester or textured nylon threads like A&E’s Wildcat® Plus or Best Stretch®. Textured threads are ideal for overedge and coverstitch seams because they offer excellent seam coverage and seam elasticity.
Do you need special thread for stretchy fabric?
All-purpose polyester thread will work fine as it has some give when stretched. Cotton thread is not recommended. If the item you’re making needs to be stretchy or form-fitting to the body, you may want to use elastic thread. Only use elastic thread in the bobbin of your sewing machine, and wind it by hand.
What thread is used for Lycra?
100% polyester thread usually works better than a cotton thread for spandex fabrics as it is less likely to break or rot with sweat or chlorine. (Read: Types of Sewing Threads) I use Rasant brand but Coat also makes a good strengthened thread.
Is spandex and Lycra the same?
Lycra is a type of synthetic fabric that is very elastic. It is made from a combination of polyester and polyurethane (a flexible plastic material). Due to its strength and elasticity, lycra is a popular fiber in clothing. All in all, Lycra® is a type of spandex.
Are ballpoint and Jersey needles the same?
Ballpoint needles have an even more rounded tip designed to avoid breaking fibers in knits and fabrics with spandex. Jersey needles are even more rounded than stretch needles, and are more indicated for knits than for stretch wovens.
How do you hem spandex shorts?
If your sewing machine doesn’t have a stretch stitch function, you can still hem spandex and other stretch fabrics using a straight stitch, either with a twin needle or by gently stretching the fabric. A narrow zigzag stitch is also effective. A walking foot can be very useful for sewing stretch fabrics.