Comparison Between Different Types of Stitch

Comparison Between Different Types of Stitch:

Stitch is one of the important factors in the sewing department of the readymade garments sector. There are different types of stitches used in apparel manufacturing, where each stitch types contain different characteristics. This article has shown various comparisons among that stitch which are vastly used during sewing the apparel or clothing.

Stitch Types

Stitch Types

Comparison Between Different t Types of Stitches:

Stitch Type
Stitch No.
Stitch Formation
Single thread chain
One needle threads interloping with itself.
Elastic and easy to unravel.
Button sewing, label sewing, basting, bag closing,
Using a curved needle to penetrate through the fabric surface stitches which do not show on the fabric.
Invisible on the surface of the garment.
Hemming of pants and shirts.
Hand stitch
Done by hand with one needle.
Flexible using
Basting on tailored jackets
Lock stitch
The interlacing of needle thread and bobbin thread.
Reversible, strong, versatile, secured, neat, flat but not stretchable.
Topstitching, common seam sewing.
Similar to 301 but in a zigzag pattern.
Similar to 301 but stretchable.
Attaching elastics, decoration, and lace to bra.
One needle thread and one looper thread interloped or interlaced together.
Continuous running, strong extensible, durable, thick and can be unraveled.
Waistband, inseam of jeans, side seam or side sleeve seam of shirts, and rainwear.
A looper thread travels between two needle threads on the
the underside of the fabric and form a ridge.
For decorative effect.
Simulate permanent crease on the knitted pants and cording
backs of gloves.
Similar to 401 but in a zigzag pattern.
Higher elasticity than 401.
Attaching of waistband linings to men’s trousers.
Similar to 401 but does not ridge up.
Concealed raw edges on the underside to produce a flat and
comfortable seam.
Cover scanning, sewing belt loops, binding, and attaching elastic to underwear hemming, T-shirt, and sportswear.
Similar to 406 but with three-needle threads and one looper thread.
High elasticity, stronger, and better coverage effect.
Attaching elastic band to briefs, panties, and undergarments.
Overedge stitch
One needle thread interloping itself warps and protects
the edge.
Elastic, allow the seam to break open, easily unraveled.
Break open seaming.
Formed by one needle and one looper thread.
Stronger than 501
Bag seeming
Similar to 502 but the needle thread interlocks with the
looper thread on the edge of the pattern.
Better edge coverage than 501 and 502, highly elastic.
Thin serging on dresses, blind hemming on T-shirts.
One needle thread and two looper threads interlock on the edge of plies.
Higher extensible, tighter structure, prevent fraying but bulky and easily run back.
Popular seaming and surging on knitted garments.
Formed by two-needle and one looper thread.
Produce a wider bright than 504, stronger and more
Strong seaming on knits and woven.
Cover stitch
Similar to 406 but it has a covering thread on the top surface.
Provide excellent top and bottom cover and flat seam.
Attaching knit collar on the knit garments.
Similar to 407 but it has a covering thread on the top
Better coverage than 602.
Cut edge binding and elastic attaching.
Similar to 605 but it has four needle threads and one cover and one looper thread.
Flat stretchy and smooth trims and seams simultaneously.
The flat, butted seam on briefs and panties.
401 and 504
Combined stitch types of 401 and 504.
Five threads of safety over edging, serving and seaming
Side seaming of shirting.


One comment

  • Siddharth Anand

    Dear Mayedul

    Firstly thank you so much for taking time and publishing this million worth information and knowledge for us . I have a query regarding the class of stitch
    Firstly , Is Interlock stitch different from Coverlock ?
    Secondly , Is Flatseaming stitch is same as Flatlocking ?

    Thank you for your time and consideration

    Siddharth Anand

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