FAQ: How To Sew Lycra With A Singer Prelude?

10 Tips to Successfully Sew on Lycra or Spandex Fabric

Sewing on stretchy, slippery fabric like Lycra or spandex isn’t for the faint of heart, but with these 10 sewing tips, you’ll have a fighting chance against the monsters at London’s Russell Square’s Monster Ballroom.

A Quick Vocabulary Lesson…

Spandex is the generic term for this type of fabric, similar to using the words Kleenex or Velco instead of facial tissue or hook and loop tape to describe facial tissue and hook and loop tape.

Sport Lycra

Inspired by reading about how sport lycra is an excellent mask material, I decided to try out a few projects of my own and had SewingMastery.com custom print 2 yards of sport lycra and ship it to me with my Sewingmastery logo.

Why is Lycra Good for Face Masks?

Spandex and polyester are excellent materials to wear while working out or participating in sports.


The right needle is essential; a stretch needle has a special coating that reduces friction, which helps to prevent skipped stitches.


Pins vs Wonder Clips

Pins can damage delicate fabrics like Lycra or spandex, so make sure you have a good quality hair dryer before putting on your workout gear. Wonder Clips are a great alternative to poking a hole in the fabric with a pin.

Sewing Machine Pressure

Walking Foot

If adjusting the foot presser didn’t help, a walking foot is a great asset for triathlons, cross-country runs, and short sprints.

Use a Serger or Overlock Machine

A serger is the best way to sew Lycra seams because an overlock stitch is both professional and stretchy at the same time, and the serger’s ability to trim the edges even before overlocking the edge ensures perfection every time.

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Coverstitch Machine

Twin Needle

A twin needle, if you have a coverstitch machine, will add the professional two lines of stitching on the hem of any project made out of stretch fabric; be sure to select a “stretch” twin needle rather than a regular twin needle.

Coverstitch Only Machines

The Bernette b42 coverstitch-only machine, which has two or three needle options as well as a chain stitch for different embroidery styles and thicknesses, is the perfect example of what it’s like to own a machine that only stitches coverstitches.

Stitch Length

Straight Stitch Throat Plate

A straight stitch throat plate is a great way to keep delicate fabrics like Lycra or spandex from “diving” down into the bobbin area of the machine; however, it can only be used with a single needle when sewing a straight stitch.

In Conclusion

Sewing on Lycra with a serger or coverstitch machine can save you hours of frustration.

What needle do you use to sew spandex?

What is the best stitch for stretchy fabric?

A zigzag stitch is the best stitch for stretchy fabric because we need a flexible stitch that can stretch with the fabric. There are different zigzag stitches depending on the fabric and its intended use.

What size needle do you use to sew Lycra?

Use a stretch machine needle. (For more information, see Types of Sewing Machine Needles.) Stretch needles are designed to sew the stretchiest fabrics, but jersey needles may work as well. Make sure you have the right size needle for the thickness of the Spandex; I usually use size 80/12 or 90/14.

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How do you keep knit fabric from curling?

To keep your knits from curling, add an edge of a stitch pattern that includes both purl and knit stitches. The number of rows of stitch pattern you need to add to the top and bottom edges will vary depending on your yarn and tension.

What is a 90 14 needle used for?

90/14 u2013 suitable for medium weight fabrics, such as slightly heavier weight cotton, polyester, linen, and lightweight upholstery fabric; lighter weight fabrics, such as silk (chiffon, organza, crepe-de-chine), will require a smaller needle.

What does a straight stitch look like?

Straight Stitch When done correctly, your stitch should look like the one in the middle; the one on the left is too tight, causing the fabric to pucker, and the one on the right is too loose, causing the stitches to loop.

How do you make fabric stretchy?

What thread tension should I use for stretchy fabric?

Setting the upper tension level between 3-4, which is also a neutral level of tension setting, is best for a stretchy fabric. Step 5: Now that you’ve attached the correct needle, stitch type, and tension setting, it’s time to test the final stitch on your fabric.

What is a straight stitch plate?

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