Date: 04-02-2006, 11:22 AM (1 of 3)
I'm a complete beginner at sewing and I've been trying to figure out the difference between built in stitches and stitch function. I always see something like : 10 built-in sewing stitches. 25 stitch functions.
What's the difference??
Thanks so much,
Member since: 04-02-2006
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Date: 04-02-2006, 12:32 PM (2 of 3)
Welcome to the discussion boards!
The built-in stitches are usually the ones on your sewing machine stitch selection dial.
Built-in stitches can have more than one function(depending on how you adjust the length, width, and tension). For example, a straight stitch can be lengthened to be used as a basting stitch, or the tension may be tightened when 'easing'; a zigzag stitch may be narrowed for seaming on knit fabric, or widened to be used as an 'overedge' stitch, or shortened and narrowed to create a satin stitch. If you tighten the tension on an overedge stitch, you can achieve a 'picot' stitch. There are many possibilities. The manual should have some information on the different stitch functions for a particular machine, and a good sewing book will have a lot of good general info as well.
Hope this helps.
Member since: 02-22-2002
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Date: 04-02-2006, 06:40 PM (3 of 3)
I have a sewing machine with 22 built-in stitches (and 45 stitch functions). There's a knob on the machine allowing you to select one of built-in stitches A to T for example zigzag, satin, blindhem, shell, double, honeycomb, overlock, rick rack, etc.
Exactly as Donna said, When you adjust length/width/etc, a built-in stitch turns into multiple stitch functions. For example, I use mostly Built-in stitch A. It produces two stitch functions:
A1. straight stitch when width is set to 0, and
A2. zig-zag when width is set to greater than 0.
Hope this helps!
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