My sister has asked me to make a scuba diving hood using lycra material. I drew the pattern from one she already has. It is a simple design just using lycra material (think swimming suits). I am just looking for suggestions on sewing the seams.
I made a swim suit for DD many years ago right after Lycra came on the market. I used a poly thread and stitched with a short narrow zig zag and a small needle. Today's Lycra may be different. Be careful not to stretch it very much as you stitch. The zig zag will give it some stretch. I'm sure there will be others with more experience with this fabric.
When I made swim suits my serger worked wonders.Just use right, new needle and thread.Since this fabric does not ravel it really isn't that hard to work with.I also have used it on cuffs of gloves and slippers.Do you have a stretch stitch on your machine? The small zig zag will work,I'd do some practice stitching.GL
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I have made many swimsuits (usually the night before the kids left for camp!) and had no problem with the lycra. Use a ball point needle so it doesn't break the strands of fabric. The narrow zigzag or the triple stitch zz works well. If needed use a double line of straight stitch.
Excellent advice...that ball point needle is important...don't want any little holes showing up.
Thanks i will be working on it Thursday. My sister is leaving early Friday and she wants to take it with her.
I sewed the dive hood today. Used one of the stretcch stitches on my machine. It only took a half an hour from start to finish. Easiest project i ever did.
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