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Sewing jerseys with a sewing machine - tips & tricks

Many people immediately think of an overlock machine when they sew with jersey. As a sewing beginner, however, you often only have a normal sewing machine - and that's not a problem at all. You can really sew anything with a normal sewing machine. You can also sew jersey and stretchy fabrics wonderfully with a normal sewing machine. In this post I have summarized my most important tips for sewing jersey with the sewing machine.

Let's go!

Use the correct needle

Jersey is one Knitted goods and is knitted or warped. So that your stitches are not damaged while sewing, it is important that you have a jersey or e.g. Super stretch needle used. These have a rounded ball point between the mesh stitches and thus does not damage the mesh. With a normal sewing needle it can happen that your stitches damaged become. The resulting holes are usually only noticeable when the garment is being worn, when the item of clothing is stretched.

As always, you should also get yours at Jersey Needle size adapt to the thickness of your fabric. For a thin viscose jersey you should therefore use a thinner needle than for a thick sweat.

Even if the temptation is often great, I would advise against buying cheap needles. In the end, you usually just have trouble with it. Cheap needles often have a very low Durability, break faster and usually do not produce optimal sewing results.

Before you start sewing, you should also always check whether your needle is still "whole". To do this, take your thumb and carefully run over the tip of your needle once. As soon as you feel a little resistance or a hook you should hit the needle right away change. A damaged needle can not only Skipped stitches cause, but also damage your fabric. If your sewing machine gets louder and louder while sewing, this may also be due to your defective or worn needle.

Use elastic stitch

For sewing with jersey you can none simple Straight stitch use. As soon as you pull a little harder on your fabric, it would tear immediately. You are welcome to try this out on a piece of test material.

You need one to sew a jersey elastic Sting. An elastic stitch that every sewing machine has is a simple one Zigzag stitch. With a zigzag stitch you can sew jersey without any problems. Many sewing machines often have additional elastic stitches such as one Overlock stitch. Just take a look at the instructions for your sewing machine and try out the different stitches on a piece of test fabric.

Decrease the presser foot pressure

Your jersey should look ugly when you sew it waves, it may be that your presser foot pressure is slightly reduce have to. If you put too much pressure on your jersey, it will stretch and end up wavy. Please also make sure that you have your jersey when sewing NOT stretches. This can also create unsightly waves.

Use the top feed foot

It can be helpful to ensure that the fabric is transported evenly Top feed foot to use. Some sewing machines, such as my Pfaff, have this already integrated directly. Important is, if you don't have one on hand - you can also use Jersey without sewing. The top transport is only helpful as a support.


In the case of woven fabrics, you should adjust the seam allowances after sewing them together clean upotherwise they will fray ugly over time. You usually do this with a zigzag stitch if you don't have an overlock. The good thing about Jersey - it does not fray. That means you don't necessarily have to overcast your seam allowances. If you want to do this for visual reasons, you should definitely use an elastic stitch when overcasting. The Fake overlock stitches great on the sewing machine. As always, you should test the stitch beforehand on a piece of test fabric.

Sewing jerseys with a sewing machine - no rocket science

And that was actually the most important thing that you should pay attention to. If you use a suitable needle and an elastic stitch, sewing the jersey with a normal sewing machine is no problem at all. Of course, it goes faster with the overlock and the result looks more professional / industrial from the left - but it makes no difference whether you sew your jersey shirt with the normal sewing machine or with the overlock.

What tips do you have in store for sewing jersey with the sewing machine? Have I forgotten an ultimate insider tip? Do you like to write your tips and tricks in the comments!

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Your Anja