All purpose sewing machines like the Juki HZL F300 are great for making all types of projects. From clothing garments to home decor and accessories, the possibilities are endless, especially if you know how to make a few common stitches. Practice using these key stitches and you will be prepared to transform any pattern into a beautiful sewn item with Juki sewing machines.
The Straight Stitch
The straight stitch is the basic stitch made on all types of sewing machines. It is used to create simple seams and lines of stitching. Sewing machines allow for adjustment of the length so you can sew using different types of fabric or even baste. Once you have mastered the straight stitch and are comfortable using your machine, you are ready to move on and learn the other most commonly used stitch.
The ZigZag Stitch
Most sewing machine including Juki sewing machines include a zigzag setting and presser foot. The zigzag stitch is useful for making a more finished seam or for sewing knits since it allows a bit of give to the seam. You can also use this stitch as a simple decoration.
The Overlock Stitch
The overlock stitch made on an all-purpose machine like the Juki HZL F300 is a simplified version of the same stitch made on a serger. It creates a finished and secure seam or hem as the thread passes over the edge of the fabric to contain it. This is a preferred way of joining fabric when making clothing as it creates a professional looking seam. Overlock stitches can be used decoratively as well.
The Stretch Stitch
Another option for seams on knit fabric that requires a bit of stretch is the stretch stitch. It looks similar to the zigzag but uses smaller, closer stitches that allow for movement without causing the seam to rip. It is commonly included today on many computerized machines such as quality Juki sewing machines.
The Double Needle Stitch
The double needle stitch is a great, simple hem or decorative way of joining fabric for clothing and accessories. It uses a special double needle and two spools of top thread. The stitch produces two uniform rows of straight stitching that add a little style to any project without having to use a more decorative method. Using a double needle will take a bit of practice; however, the results are worth the effort.
The Blind Hem Stitch
Blind hems are extremely useful when making clothing, drapes, and other accessories; it gives projects a professionally finished look. Using this method of making seams can be a bit challenging since it does involve a specific technique to create the hem. It also means using the blind hem setting on your machine. Once you get the hang of it, you will find all kinds of ways to use tidy and crisp blind hems.
Most sewing machines come pre-programmed with a selection of decorative stitches that you can use for everything from making decorative seams to embellishing the edge of fabric. To make the most from the settings available on your Juki HZL F300, try them out one-by-one by making a stitch sampler swatch. You will get practice in making these stitches and have visual examples to use for future reference when looking for the perfect embellishment for your sewing project.
Today’s all-purpose sewing machines are more capable than the ones your grandmother and great-grandmother worked with. Many machines, including the Juki HZL F300, can perform hundreds of stitches for a lot of different purposes. You may not need to use all of these stitches; however, by learning how to make the most commonly used ones with Juki or other sewing machines, you can be ready for any project you choose to make!