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The Multi-Stitch Zigzag can be used for finishing seam allowances to prevent the fabric from unraveling. It can also be used for mending tears and for elastic insertion.
Holes, rips or tears in fabric can be repaired easily with the multi-step zigzag stitch. This stitch sews 3 small stitches each time it moves left to right and right to left. For machines with adjustable stitch length and stitch width, set the machine for a wide stitch width and shorter stitch length setting. Place a small piece of fabric (that blends well with the main fabric) underneath the hole or tear. Sew the stitch across the tear. Repeat until the hole or tear is sufficiently covered with stitches.
The multi-step zigzag sews 3 small stitches each time it goes left to right and right to left, which can create a unique decorative element. Create interesting texture and surface embellishment for your fabrics by sewing multiple rows of this stitch. Experiment with various types of thread such as rayon thread, all-purpose thread, metallic thread, topstitching thread, or even 30wt and 12wt cotton. Be sure to use a needle that is appropriate for the type of thread you are using. Learn more about needles on the SINGER website.
The multi-step zigzag sews 3 small stitches each time it goes left to right and right to left, making this stitch strong yet flexible. Use it to easily sew elastic onto fabric. For elastic that is 1/4" - 3/8" wide, place the elastic through the opening of the All-Purpose Foot. This will help keep the elastic from slipping from left to right as you sew. Hold the elastic from in front and in the back of the presser foot, stretching the elastic as you do so.
Use the multi-step zigzag stitch to attach ribbons and trims. It's an easy way to embellish projects. It is helpful to use an Open Toe Foot (additional accessory for some machine models), which provides a clear view of the sewing area. For machines with adjustable stitch length or stitch width, set the stitch length and stitch width according to the look you want for your project.
The multi-step zigzag stitch can be used as a seam finish to help prevent fabric edges from unraveling. For machines with adjustable stitch length and stitch width, select a medium stitch length and width and sew along the raw edge of the fabric to finish the edge.
A bartack is a series of stitches used to reinforce high-stress areas of garments such as belt loops, pockets, zippers, etc. The multi-step zigzag sews 3 small stitches each time it goes left to right and right to left. When stitch length is set to "0", or if the machine's feed teeth are either covered or disengaged, the stitch can be used to sew bartacks,
Two fabrics can be joined together using a multi-step zigzag stitch. First, turn under and press the edge of both fabrics. An Edge Joining Foot (additional accessory for some machine models) can be used a a guide for the fabrics. Place the folded edges next to each other, one on each side of the foot's center guide, and place a piece of lightweight stabilizer underneath the area where they join. Select the multi-step zigzag stitch. For machines with adjustable stitch length or stitch width, select the length and width setting you want for your project. Sew across the area where the fabrics join, so the left movement of the needle sews on the left fabric, and the right movement of the needle sews on the right fabric. Remove the stabilizer when finished. Try using a topstitching thread and Topstitching Needle (additional accessory for some machine models) for a bolder appearance to the stitches.