Sewing Jersey Fabrics

So far all of my patterns have been for jersey knit fabrics.  Many sewers both new and experienced think that you need an overlocker to sew these fabrics.

Not so, all you need is the following:

  • a jersey or “ball point” needle in your machine – get yourself a mixed pack of sizes, as a guide, a size 90 would be fine for not too heavy sweatshirt fabrics, a size 75 or 80 for some of the finer more fluid viscose jerseys so that you don’t snag or ladder the fabric
  • use one of the “stretch” stitches on your sewing machine, like the ones in orange in the photograph below:

Don’t worry if you have an old machine – even a narrow zig-zag stitch will work!

More help on working with jersey fabrics is included with all my patterns.

2 responses to “Sewing Jersey Fabrics

  1. Hi, Thanks for the info. If its not too much trouble, could you please tell me the names of each of those strecth stiches so i can goole them and know how each of them work? Or do you have another article on this? Thank you so much, im thinking of getting an older Janome Harmony 2039sn and youve given me hope that it can do stretch jersey 🙂


  2. Hello, thanks for your comment. As far as I’m aware they don’t have particular names and if they do it may vary between machines, here’s some to have a look for though: 3 step zig-zag, overcasting stitch and if you just search for “stretch stitch” or “sewing machine stretch stitch” or combinations of with the model of your machine you should get some useful info. I did a quick search and came up with this and looking at the list of stitches on the machine, the following ones would be useful when sewing stretch fabrics: D, yellow A, yellow E and yellow F.
    Hope that helps.


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