How to Make a Zigzag Stitch | Sewing Machine
How to Make a Zigzag Stitch | Sewing Machine

Hi, I’m Jennifer from Workroom Social. Let’s talk about sewing zigzag stitches. The first thing that you want to do when you’re
sewing a zigzag is to change your machine from straight stitch to zigzag. On my sewing machine, I have a section here
called pattern, which is the different stitch types, and I’m going to twist the dial until
I get to my zigzags. Now, on my machine the stitch width for zigzags,
so if you’re going zigzag it’s how wide the zigzag is, that’s in the same area as the
stitch selector. On your machine you might have a separate
width dial, but I don’t. I’m going to go ahead and set mine to as wide
as it can possibly go, the widest zigzag. Now I’m going to go to my stitch length. The stitch length on a zigzag is how far apart
each stitch is. So you can have a really long zigzag or you
could have a very short zigzag. I’m going to do in the middle, I’ll just do
2.5. Then you are almost ready to go. One of the most important things that you
have to remember if you’re going to do zigzag is you have to change your presser foot. Right now the presser foot that is set on
my machine is for straight stitching only. You can see the little tiny hole the needle
goes into. When we sew zigzag the needle bounces from
left to right, so if we did that on this foot we would break our needle and possibly break
the machine. What I’m going to do on my machine is I have
a quick release lever and I’m just going to push that and the foot comes right off, set
that aside. Now I’m going to use this foot which has a
wide opening for the needle so the needle can bounce left to right on our zigzags. I’m just going to put that on and then I’m
going to take my needle thread and put it underneath the presser foot and put both threads
towards the back of the machine. Now we’re ready to stitch our zigzag. I’m going to take this fabric and we’re going
to fold it in half as if we’re stitching two pieces of fabric together. We’re going to put it underneath the presser
foot, put it down. We’re using our 5/8ths of an inch seam guide
on the right, fabric to the left. Then we’re just going to sew our zigzag. You can see what’s happening here, our needle
is on the right and now it bounces to the left, to the right and to the left. Just to show you, if you change the width
of your zigzag, this zigzag is really wide. We just made a more narrow zigzag and then
let’s show you a short zigzag. We can compare these stitches to see what
all these different zigzags look like. Here we have a stitch length of 2.5, it’s
2.5 from each peak, and then this is also a stitch length 2.5 from each peak. Here we’ve just changed the width so this
is a wider zigzag and this is a more narrow zigzag. Then on this last stitching we’ve changed
the length as well, so now from each peak there’s less of a space. I went down to almost a 1, so almost 1 millimeter
between each of these peaks. That’s how you sew zigzags.

22 thoughts on “How to Make a Zigzag Stitch | Sewing Machine”

  1. vexedhalo says:


  2. Deja Henry says:

    I luv this

  3. Ebong Sharpshooters says:

    Again job well done,I learn a lot of lesson from your video you really a very good tailor.Just one thing can I use an open toe presser foot to make zigzag?

  4. joan padilla says:

    my top thread breaks whenever i do zigzag..:( what seems to be the problem?

  5. Jyoti Jha says:

    Mam u have not showed how we use zig zag stich at edges plz show it.

  6. Patricia Betz says:

    i have a question…please. My directions say make sure zigzag stitches stay close and tight. What should I put my length and width on. Thank you soooo much .

  7. Bettie Bupe says:

    When I zigzag (using a 80/11 needle and cotton fabric) I can see through the holes that make the zigzag pattern. Is this normal?

  8. Shelley St.Clair says:

    your music is way to loud cannot hear you 🙁

  9. Rhu Riv says:

    i use general foot.. how to make zigzag?

  10. gouthami urs says:

    how to do zigzag in mini sewing machine

  11. Scott Lee Webb says:

    Thank you for sharing.

  12. mama janette alvarez says:

    may i know what brand your sewing machine

  13. vivanicola says:

    ok but zig zag or straight is just a matter of look or does it have a different function?
    in other word WHY zig zag stitching other than for the look of it?
    thank you so much

  14. ForeverDreamWithinADream says:

    Your machine and pressure foot is different than mine. I have a Janome and I use the same foot for both zigzag and strait stitch as it has a wider opening. The other pressure feet I have are for hemming, zippers and making buttonholes. Though I thought you use the zigzag on the edge to keep it from fraying. I am still learning and getting ready to take some courses this fall.

  15. Anthony Sengsouvanh says:

    would you need to back stitch when you sew zig zag?

  16. P Phillips says:

    you don't usually sew zig zag on full material. I needed for the edge.

  17. Tejaswininaikkarwar Karwar says:

    Superb…which thread r u using…which quality?pls tel.

  18. Samantha Lamoureux says:

    What machine is this?

  19. Nankwanga Catherine says:

    does the juki tl82 has a zigzag stitch

  20. Jeremiah Bekhterev says:

    👎Did not work out for me👎

  21. Meharun nisha says:

    Ok hum can I use this baniyan cloth also
    And the machine name what ?

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