When I talk about sewing my own bras and panties, one of the comments I hear most often is, “I can’t do that, I don’t have a serger!”
Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t need a serger to sew knits! Is it nice to have a serger? Of course! But, if I can be honest, most of the time I don’t use a serger when sewing panties; the raw edges are usually (but not always) covered with elastic and only the side seams have exposed edges. Since I can sew a basic pair of panties in under half an hour, it doesn’t seem worth the trouble changing out the threads on my serger.
So, if not a serger, do you need any special stitches? The answer is yes, and I’ll bet your machine has them! Below I’ll share the two essential stitches needed to sew your own bras and panties, and two other stitches that are nice to have.
Zigzag stitch is also what we use when applying elastics. While the width of the zigzag stitch used can vary with the width of the elastic, I usually use a medium width and length.
Shown at left is 3.5 width and 2.4 length. If you want to learn more about applying elastics, you can find the video series here on my YouTube channel
Those two simple stitches are the very basics for what you need to start sewing your own panties and bras. Here are two more stitches that, while not necessary, are very helpful for these projects.
3-Step Zigzag Stitch
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