Useful Tips

How to make a zigzag stitch

These are ordinary straight stitches, which, due to the movement of the needle to the right and left, lie on the fabric in a zigzag pattern. Any sewing machine performs a zigzag stitch.

Zigzag stitch


1) One of the first purposes of a zigzag line is the processing of open sections of a product in the absence of an overlock.


2) When making loops on a sewing machine.

3) For joining parts end to end.


4) A zigzag stitch is used to tune appliques and individual details, for example, when creating a bag of jeans shreds:

Stylish bag from old jeans


5) For additional or decorative fixation of parts, for example, with the "invisible" processing of the patch pocket on the lining.

Lined patch pocket processing

6) For additional reinforcement of straight lines.


7) For processing the open edges of frills, ruffles, the bottom of skirts and dresses made of delicate and delicate fabrics.

How to process the edge with a narrow zigzag stitch

8) For sewing knitwear on a sewing machine.

How to sew knitwear on a sewing machine: 5 ways

How to set a zigzag stitch

To set the zigzag stitch, simply switch the position of your sewing machine according to the instructions. The installed zigzag stitch will be of medium length and width.

Depending on your sewing project, you can change the standard stitch length and stitch width to the necessary one, for example:


► Maximum stitch length with standard stitch width - use to process open sections of the product.


► Maximum width of a zigzag stitch - use for sewing individual parts and for sewing knitwear.


► The width of the zigzag stitch is less than the standard.


Use to tune appliqués and stitch individual parts butt.


► The minimum width of the zigzag stitch (dense zigzag).


Use to customize applications.

The examples listed are not exhaustive. Try it, experiment. Before applying the new parameters of the zigzag stitch on the product, test them on a shred of fabric. And do not forget to reverse the stitch in the same way as for a straight stitch.

Easy sewing and interesting sewing projects!

Stitch seam

Stitch stitch is a simple and very popular embroidery stitch. It is used to embroider the contour or fill the embroidery. The stitches are done very carefully, as they must all be the same size and run parallel to each other. A stitched seam can be made without the use of frames that tighten the fabric.

We lay the foundation for embroidery on the index finger of the left hand. We fix the thread from the wrong side. In order to make a stitch, we introduce the needle into the fabric at a distance of 2 mm from the output of the thread at an angle and bring it parallel to the previous stitch. When making stitches, it is necessary to monitor the same thread tension so that the decorative seam is neat.

Interlock stitch

This seam is a variation of the usual buttonhole seam. The difference in the interception of the loop stitch. To make a loop stitch with interception, it is necessary to start threading at both ends of our needle. Then we get a circle of working thread. Then we draw the needle through the fabric and gently tighten the loop.

This seam can be slightly complicated and the loops can be made at an angle so that the tops of 3-5 stitches converge at one point on the top of the middle stitch.

Seam goat

The seam of the goat is very popular as a decorative seam for embroidery. It is also used for hemming clothes. In order to complete this seam, we need to outline two parallel strips, the distance between the strips should be equal to the height of the stitch. The base fabric is held on the left index finger. We fix the thread on the lower strip.

We bring the needle to the front side and make an inclined stitch from left to right.

We pierce the fabric from the front side along the line of the upper strip to the left side. We make an inclined stitch from right to left. We stretch the needle along the bottom line from right to left. Our goat stitch is ready, repeat the stitch as many times as necessary.

In order to complicate the seam of the goat, one or two more seams can be made over the previous ones with some displacement.

Zigzag decorative seam by hand

A decorative zig-zag seam can be done on a sewing machine, or can be done manually. We outline the upper and lower seam boundary lines. We fix the thread from the wrong side and make an inclined stitch from bottom to top.

We stretch the needle, at an angle and bring it to the bottom point, we make the next inclined stitch. When you have sewn the stitches along the entire length of the seam, we begin to move from the end of the seam to the beginning and sew inclined stitches the other way. At this point, the needle must be inserted into the already made holes in the tissue. Try to make the same length of stitches.

A decorative seam always decorate embroidery or applique. Also, decorative seams can be used to finish stitched products. Read also about the chain stitch.