Sewing 101 | How to sew lycra / spandex / stretch fabric (UPDATED VERSION)

Sewing 101 | How to sew lycra / spandex / stretch fabric (UPDATED VERSION)


Hi guys, and welcome back to another new,
slash old, slash I’m not too sure what to call this, video! As you’ve probably
guessed by the title, today I’m gonna be remaking an old video that really has
worked well on this channel but is such a poor quality, and that is “how to sew
lycra”. For those of you who have never worked with lycra or don’t know what it
is, it’s a very elastic material which is mainly used for swimming costumes,
dancing clothes, cycling clothes, anything really where you need to be able to have
that freedom of movement in what you’re wearing. Lycra isn’t one of the easiest
fabrics to sew, it’s definitely a lot of trial and error when you’re first
starting out. It’s one of them fabrics where you need to really see what works
best with you and mainly with your machine whether it’s gonna be a longer
stitch, a shorter stitch, whether you need to play around with the tension because
it’s too tight, too loose, it’s an awful lot of trial and error. So once again I’m
going to be showing you how I sew lycra so that the seams don’t pucker, the seams
don’t split as soon as you stretch it once you’ve finished sewing, and here is the
video.The first thing you’re going to need when you’re sewing lycra are
some super stretch needles. These will prevent your fabric from puckering, from
pulling holes and from skipping stitches. You’ll also need some pins to pin your
fabric. Of course you’ll also need some fabric scissors. Here is my sewing machine, as
you can see I have quite a few different stitch styles. The type that you’re going
to need for sewing lycra is of course a zig-zag stitch. I’m going to be choosing
letter C and sewing with that. The rest is going to be trial and error and will
depend on your machine, I have both my stitch length and tension at 3 this
works well on my machine it may not be the case on yours if you see that your
fabric is puckering, if the stitches are splitting, if it’s jumping stitches, play
around with your tension, play around with your stitch length,
it’s all trial and error. As you can see I’m just folding my lycra in half and
pinning it in place, I’m then just going to sew the zig zag stitch all along the
side to show you what it looks like. As you can see when I pull on the zig-zag
stitch all of the stitches remain in place, they don’t stretch whatsoever. When
my fabric lays flat again it is in perfect condition, there is nothing wrong
with it. Now I’m going to show you the same thing but with a straight stitch so
that you can see the difference between the two. As soon as I put too much
pressure on the stretch, the straight stitch just pops. It does not hold up at
all against the stretch of the lycra. So there you have it this is how you do and
don’t sew lycra. As you can see we have the zig zag stitch which is really
holding its ground. It’s still all in place, it’s intact nothing has happened
to it, whereas our straight stitch is in pieces – I don’t know if I’m going to be
able to break it a bit more with this angle for you – there we go,
split again. So it’s really just not a practical stitch for lycra, it breaks
as soon as you pull the fabric, whereas your zig-zag stitch holds its own. Thank
you so much for watching this video, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it can
help you as much as the old one possibly helped people. Leave a comment and leave
a thumbs up, subscribe if you want to and have a lovely week… or month…

One Reply to “Sewing 101 | How to sew lycra / spandex / stretch fabric (UPDATED VERSION)”

  1. Thanks for the video! Which stitch should I use if I want to have a seamless effect? The zig zag is good for the fabric but as I stretch it from the outside it shows all the seams

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