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Types of Sewing Machine Stitches - Machine Stitch

Updated on September 30, 2014

Types Of Machine Stitches

No one can imagine sewing any fabric project without the use of a sewing machine. The type of machine stitches you will use while sewing will depend greatly on the type of sewing machine in your possession.

The advantage of using sewing machine to stitch is that it saves time, as it is quick and also makes the seams look very neat.

Of course, for your sewing projects to have that professional look, you will have to combine machine stitches with hand stitches.

The difference between machine stitch and hand stitch is that, it is easy to use hand sewing for any type of stitches by using needles and thread, but to sew with machine stitches will depend on what type of machine stitch your sewing machine has.

You can find the type of stitches that you can use in your sewing machine manual. Always try out any stitch you want to use in your clothes project on a piece of fabric to see how the stitch will look like on your project.

Below are the most common machine stitches that are used in general sewing. These include: satin stitch, blind hemming, zigzag stitch, straight stitch, decorative stitch, overlocking and computer-generated stitches.

Types Of Sewing Machines

Whatever the type or make of your sewing machine, make sure you use it according to the user manual that comes with the sewing machine.

The general sewing principle is that, you should at least have basic knowledge in sewing. You should learn and know how to thread the needles, how to wind the bobbin, how to increase or reduce thread tension.

There is even some classes that one can learn how to use sewing machine.

Types Of Sewing Machine Stitches

These are some of the types of sewing machine stitches that you can use to sew.

Satin Stitch Using Sewing Machine

You can use satin stitch to make buttonholes stitch. The length of the stitch is set to zero to achieve a zigzag look. You can also use satin stitch for sewing machine applique.

Blind Stitch Hem Using Sewing Machine

Blind stitch hem is a type of stitch that will not show on the right side. It is mostly used to stitch bulky or heavy fabrics.

Zigzag Stitch - Sewing Machine Stitch

Using a sewing machine for zigzag stitch is mainly used to finish edges. Some dressmakers use zigzag stitch as decorative stitch or for machine applique.


Straight Stitch With Sewing Machine

Straight stitch is the most t the stitch widely used machine stitch that is used to join two fabrics together. Set the stitch length dial to between 2 and 3 for any ordinary fabric.

Decorative Stitches Using Machine

Decorative stitch is most suitable for machine embroidery. Some sewing machines have automatic pattern carn that can be used to generate many decorative stitches for use.


Overlocking Stitch

Overlocking machine stitch is used to stitch directly over the edge of the fabric. It helps to stitch and finish the seam at the same time.

Computer-Generated Stitches

This is an advanced machine technology that is used to create different decorative stitches as it contains silicone chips.

Overlock Stitch Video Tutorial


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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Nice having you visit and read the hub, mark.

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      mark 5 years ago


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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      It's nice to know you appreciate this hub. Thanks Gail for the comment.

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      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Wow, what an informative and helpful hub. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up and useful.

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      @Dolores, many new sewing machines can really do a lot, and some can even stitch like hand stitch. Thanks for commenting.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I have the most basic sewing machine and despite sewing for years have never really learned to do much but straight stitch. The picture just above the blue swatch - is that blanket stitch done by machine? It looks so hand stitched to me. Those new machines can do so much!