- Uses: finishing the raw edges of seam allowances, prevents fraying of raw edges, applique work, hemming, buttonholes, attaching lace or elastic, etc.
- Length and width of the stitch can be adjusted, depending on your reason for needing the stitch
- Basic stitch included on almost all sewing machines
- Requires a presser foot that allows the needle to move side to side
For my Singer Esteem 1732 machine a general purpose presser foot allows for zigzag stitching, in addition to straight stitching.
Adjusting the length of the zigzag stitch:The length of the zigzag stitch is the distance between the points where the needle penetrates the fabric. Shorter lengths will produce a more dense zigzag pattern.
Increasing the length of the zigzag stitch:
Decreasing the length of the zigzag stitch:
Adjusting the width of the zigzag stitch:The width of the zigzag stitch determines the coverage. Setting your machine width at zero will produce almost a straight stitch. Usually the settings start at "1" one and increase from there depending on the amount of desired coverage.
Increasing the width of the zigzag stitch:
Decreasing the width of the zigzag stitch:
Don't forget about tension!The tension should be adjusted so that no thread loops are visible on the top or bottom of your stitching and the fabric shouldn't curl.