The straight stitch is the go to stitch when sewing. It’s great for sewing a wide variety of fabrics and is very versatile. It’s often used to create a seam when sewing two pieces of fabric together. First select a straight stitch, which is usually done by turning a dial or selecting a number depending on your machine. This machine has two basic straight stitches: one with the needle on the left and one with the needle in the middle, I’m going to use this one. A medium stitch length of about 2 and 1/2 millimeters is what you’ll usually want to use. But there may be times when you want it shorter, or longer. If your fabric has a front and back, put the right sides together so that they’re facing each other. Slide in your fabric and line up the edges with one of the guide lines on the needle plate. Then lower the presser foot. Use a foot made specifically for straight stitches or a multi-purpose one like this. You’ll often want to back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam to lock the stitches in place. Sew for a short distance and then hold down the reverse button, and sew back on top of the stitches. Then release the button and go forward again. This prevents your stitches from unraveling. The machine will pull the fabric through on it’s own so just guide the fabric with your hands and don’t pull. A tip for sewing a straight line is instead of watching the needle, watch the edge of the fabric and the mark that you’re using on the needle plate. Focus on keeping them lined up. Then raise the needle by turning the hand wheel, or your machine may have a button that raises and lowers the needle. Then raise the presser foot, and cut the threads. Here’s what the seam looks like. A short stitch length is good to use when you’re sewing around a curve. It’s also used on very lightweight fabrics to prevent puckering. A slightly longer stitch is often used for top stitching, and when sewing vinyl and leather. A long stitch length is used for basting which is an easy to remove stitch to temporarily hold the fabric together. And that’s the basics of sewing with a straight stitch.