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Please could you tell me what length stitches to use for seams of a light weight cord skirt. I have a Singer one plus

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The most common stitch length is 10-12 stitches per inch--10 stitches is usually best for heavier fabric, 12 stitches for lighter weight fabric. Whatever your machine setting that will create this number of stitches is usually sufficient.


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But basics first, always press each seam, both sides, then open after sewing it. This beds in the stitches and gives a smooth finish. I always sew with my iron on beside me. Guide how is here

To adjust the seam tension try either loosening the top tension, or shortening the stitch length. 2.5 for normal weight fabrics but if you are sewing silk or chiffon you would shorten up to 2. Obviously don't make it too close though or its a major pain if you need to unpick a seam.

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If I am finishing the cut edge of aa single layer of light weight fabric I would use a three step zigzag to hold the fabric firmly and neatly.

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