We get a lot of questions about sewing with lycra fabrics.

That’s why we would like to show you some tips and tricks and with the right settings,

it’s really not that hard!

You can use Lycra fabrics for swimwear or sportswear, for example together with our LYCKA and MIRA&KAI patterns

About Lycra fabrics:

Lycra is a brand name for elastane, which is a highly elastic synthetic fabric. Despite having different names, Lycra, spandex, and elastane are all the same material, and these fabrics can stretch to 5-8 times their usual size. 

Lycra  is a bi-elastic fabric, so it stretches in 4-ways.

pinning and cutting:

To avoid holes in the fabric with normal pins, you can use for example fabric clips. 

Cut with a roller cutter, if you have one, otherwise just use fabric scissors.

Sewing needle:

For best results use microtex needle / stretch needle / stretch twin needle.

Sewing thread:

Use a high quality polyester thread or a wooly nylon thread for even softer seams. 

Don’t use cotton thread, when sewing swimwear, this will get weakened by chlorine and saltwater.

Sewing machine:

Sew with a serger (4 threads). A serger can cut and sew at the same time. If you don’t have a serger, don´t worry! You can easily sew with a normal sewing machine and an elastic stitch (zigzag stitch / triple stretch stitch / overlock stitch). 

It is also helpful to use a walking foot.

Extra tip:

Do not stretch while sewing, besides when instructions say so.

When sewing swimwear please make sure that you use salt water and chlorine resistant elastic bands. 

Lycra fabric is not fraying so you can use the raw fabric edges perfectly, for example when you makes ruffles

Don’t forget to share your creations with: 

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