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How to Backstitch on Sewing Machine (With or Without Reverse 2024)

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One thing about backstitching is that you don’t have to do it constantly, nor to win a race. It’s just another sewing technique to make sure it held your garments in stitches. It’s also a useful technique to master.

How to sew on a sewing machine: The technique of backstitching may vary from make to make and from model to model. The Brother models require you to sew 4 to stitches first and then go back, while the Singer models require only 2 or 3 stitches forward before reversing.

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Why are you doing a lockstitch?

The end of the seams are the two places that receive a lot of stress. Someone constantly pulled them depending on the type of movement you make. When that happens, the stitches may come out if you haven’t tied them.

Sometimes a simple knot is not enough and the thread breaks, the stitches undone, and so on. The reason you backstitch is to reinforce the original stitches and make sure they are strong enough to handle all kinds of different activities.

Another reason for sewing is for the seams to be stretched out of shape. When that happens, you’ll either have to do some sewing repair work, change the fabric, or just buy new items of clothing.

The lockstitch or even a lockstitch ensures the seams remain in their original shape for as long as possible. Nothing is a permanent fix, but topstitching will help maintain the integrity of the seam and make those seams last.

It only takes a few minutes to perform this technique, so shouldn’t out even if you’re under fire and have very little time to complete the task. to feed.

When should I lockstitch my sewing machine?


The word when here does not refer to a specific time frame. You will not set a clock on your watch time, and when the minute hand reaches 6, start stitching back.

The term when refers to at what stage of the sewing process do you sew. The stages in which you will start with this technique are just after you sew a few stitches forward at the beginning of sewing the seam and before a few stitches after you have finished sewing the seam.

In In other words, you will sew on both ends of the seam to make sure your first stitches in place and it reinforces your seam so that it will not slip shape stretches. Then you only do this step where topstitching is really necessary.

It is possible, and okay, to throw a few backstitches in the center of the sea if you think that area needs reinforcement. Experienced sewers have done before it and as you gain experience, you will see those areas clearly.

Experience will be your guide and don’t feel frustrated if you have done so. to perform the backstitch more than once. Learn from your mistakes to get a big seam.

How do you make a lockstitch?

When your machine sewing, this is one of the easier sewing techniques to do. All you need to do is stop the machine anywhere around 3 or 4 stitches, press backward and go back 3 to 4 stitches.

Each machine is different in the way you hold the reverse lever or button. In addition, each machine requires a different number of forward stitches to be sewn before going backward. The machine does the work for you and all you have to do is hold down the button or make sure the lever stays in the reverse position.

Backstitching by hand is just as easy, except you have to do all the work. Once you’ve marked your seam, continue on the stitch and then back one stitch. You do this process until you have sewn 3 to 4 stitches and then continue until you reach the end of the seam.

At that point, repeat the process by in the future one stitch, then backward one stitch and so on. You will want to use shorter stitch lengths when sewing by hand because the smaller stitch will hold the fabric better and stronger than a long stitch length.

How to Use Lockstitch on a Sewing Machine


The process is simple when using a machine. Of course, each brand may have different reverse sewing methods they use on different models. That means that the information given here is more focused on one type of sewing machine and not all.

One sewing machine brand requires you to keep the reverse button pressed all the time. reverse the stitch direction. This ties a hand, but it’s only for 4 to stitches and then you release the button and move forward again.

Another mark lets you press the U-shaped symbol with an arrowhead on it, then you only go 2 to 3 stitches forward and 2 or 3 stitches back. Then you press the start button and go forward again.

Some models then have small levers you push down to sew in reverse. When you push the lever back up and start sewing forward again. Since the same brand used different methods, really consult your owner’s manual to see how your top stitch or reverse function works. Then practice a few times to make sure you’re ready for those times when you need to back up your machine.

Use a piece of cloth in your practice. This only takes about 20 minutes and once you practice, be ready for when you do the real thing.

How to backstitch without regressing

There are several ways to achieve this. One way is to turn your material around, making sure the holes line up and then sew to the front. This option only reverses the material, not the sewing direction of the machine.

Another option is to do what’s called a ghetto backstitch. Here, pull the foot up when you have reached the end of the seam and pull the fabric back about 3 to stitches and sew over your original stitches.

This is not a fancy method to use and it works best when the seam from view. Some sewers sew to the end, leaving about 2 inches ( cm) of thread loose at each end. Then they stitch by hand. Depending on your skill, this method will only add a few to about 10 minutes to your sewing time.

A tip for making the ghetto top stitch, when you sewing take some of the thread and tie a square knot in it to make sure that the stitches don’t go anywhere soon.

Or use a drop of glue or a surgical knot on the end. How you tie off is up to you.

Backstitch on a sewing machine is loose


When you see loose stitchingTZDn8Y of simple sources first. The reason for that is that those simple solutions don’t cost a lot of money, if they cost at all. In addition, they are easy to repair and you will not lose much sewing time.

The first place to look is or tension knobs. make sure it set correctly the voltage and if not, go back to where to set the dial. A more difficult source to fix is timing. If the timing isn’t right, your stitches aren’t right. The timing makes for more bad stitches than just the loose option.

Another simple source of this problem may be the thread in the bobbin. If it is not the same as the top thread, you may have problems with your reverse stitches. Check again that the bobbin thread is the same as the top thread.

Another resource for problems like this is one of the basic resources you have for most sewing problems. Check your cleaning schedule to see when you last cleaned your machine.

If it’s been a while, clean it up and see if that solves your problem. It doesn’t hurt to do it either, as a dirty machine will cause other problems as well.

All the above problems, except the timing, 6ZK7qoruhsZbe able to fix yourself. A skilled and licensed repairer should handle timing. Singer is a brand that places a U-shaped arrow on a button. They like to use symbols on their machines, so you will need your owner’s manual in the learning what those symbols mean.

The U-shaped arrow is your inverted button. Press it, and the machine model with that function will continue to sew in reverse until you manually stop it. By manually stopping it, we mean take your foot off the foot control when the machine has sewn back enough.

To make the machine sew forward again, just press that U-shaped button again, and the Singer model will change direction again. Since Singer uses many symbols, you may press the wrong button.

To fix the error, just turn your machine off and then on. This will reset the machine and cancel the previous erroneous job. For other Singer models, check the owner’s manual again for model-specific instructions.

Sometimes the table of contents does not use the exact words such as “sew backwards” maybe they use a different term to describe the feature.

Backstitch on a Kenmore Sewing Machine


Kenmore by Sears and by several companies during the long history of the brand. This means that the reverse function on their sewing machines can be different even if they belong to the same model series.

One model or more models have the push button system. This system is not the most convenient, as the owner’s manual states you should find the right button and then hold it down while sewing in reverse.

To continue, release the button and the machine will operate normally. The good thing about this sewing machine model is that the reverse button is very visible and very accessible.

This is at the back of the machine and according to the user manual, there are no other dials or buttons nearby. Pressing the wrong button seems to be a problem you don’t have to worry about with this Kenmore.

We can’t speak for the other Kenmore models, but your owner’s manual for those will show you where the reverse function is and how to operate it. This is one time in the manual the reverse function is in the table of contents.

How to Lockstitch on a Brother sewing machine

If you have a Brother sewing machine that is automatic or has an automatic reverse function, the procedure is quite simple. make sure that the fabric is in the starting position for the running stitch, then select your stitch pattern. After you have done these two requirements, touch the U-shaped symbol on the reverse button.

If you press that button, the machine will handle the rest. To stop the reverse stitch, press that U-shaped button again. For other models, the procedure is a little more detailed.

First, make sure the needle is in the fabric and not just touching it. Then sew about 4 to stitches forward. When you reach that point, hold down the reverse button. When you have reached the end of the backstitch length, release the button

To move forward, simply press the start button and the machine will move forward again. Repeat the process on the other end of the seam, sewing for another 4 to stitches.

How do you do a lockstitch when knitting?

There are some simple steps to follow to make sure it did correctly this process.

  • Step 1: Pin right sides together.
  • Step 2: Using a tapestry needle and some yarn, move 1 stitch from the edge and bring the needle up and through both layers. You come from below.
  • Step 3: Now you go along the edge and you come to the same place. Then bring the bottom edges together
  • Step 4: Then go around the edge again and go up one stitch. That means you are one place ahead of the original stitch.
  • Step : Go through the original stitch passing the tip of the needle through both layers.
  • Step 6: Continue this process until you with the piece. The key here is to make sure you have the correct tension as you sew each stitch.

You should be able to see the backstitch forming and how it holds both parts together securely. If not, double check your work to make sure you’re doing it right.

There will be problems


From time to time you find that your reverse function, be it a button or a lever, will cause you hassle. The fact is for sewing machines. We have already written an article on some of these issues.

All you need to do is click Reverse Sewing Machine Problems to go to that web page and see what you can do to fix these problems. before going to a repairer. You can’t fix every problem, but at least you can save money and time by fixing these issues yourself.

Some final words

Backstitching is easy to do. A sewer beginner should have no problem handling this technique, and all they need is a little practice. Sewing machines make this technique even easier to perform, including the automatic and computer-controlled models.

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