Useful Sewing Tips
Sewing Various Fabrics
■ Sewing thick fabrics
If the fabric does not fit under the presser foot
The presser foot lever can be raised to two different
positions. If the fabric does not fit under the presser foot,
for example, when sewing together thick fabrics, raise the
presser foot lever to its highest position so that the fabric
can be placed under the presser foot.
If the fabric does not feed
When sewing thick fabric such as denim or quilting, the
fabric may not feed at the start of sewing if the presser foot
is not level, as shown below. In this case, use the presser
foot locking pin (black button on the left side) of zigzag
foot "J" so that the presser foot remains level while sewing,
allowing the fabric to be fed smoothly.
If the presser foot misalignment is too large, place thick
paper or fabric (with the same thickness as the fabric being
sewn) under the heel of the presser foot to be able to start
1 Sewing direction
3 Fabric being sewn
4 Fabric or thick paper
Raise the presser foot lever.
Align the beginning of stitching, and then position the
While holding zigzag foot "J" level, push in and hold
the presser foot locking pin (black button on the left
side), and lower the presser foot lever.
■ Sewing thin fabrics
When sewing thin fabrics such as chiffon, the stitching may
become misaligned or the fabric may not feed correctly. Move
the needle (be sure to use a fine needle) to the furthest left or
right hand position so that the fabric does not get pulled down
into the feed dog area. If this occurs or there is shrinkage of
the stitching, place non-woven water-soluble stabilizer under
the fabric and sew them together.
■ Sewing stretch fabrics
First, baste the pieces of fabric together, and then sew without
stretching the fabric. If the stitching is misaligned, place non-
woven water-soluble stabilizer under the fabric and sew them
For best results when sewing on knit fabrics use the stretch
stitches. Also be sure to use a needle for knits (Ball point
needle (gold colored)). The recommended stitches and their
1 Presser foot
stitch numbers are indicated below.
locking pin (black
Release the presser foot locking pin (black button).
The presser foot remains level, allowing the fabric to
After the seam is sewn, the presser foot will return to
its original angle.
• If fabric more than 6 mm (15/64 inch) thick is
sewn or if the fabric is pushed with too much
force, the needle may bend or break.
1 Water-soluble stabilizer