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Sewing with spandex fabrics can be a bit challenging, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done successfully. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Use a stretch needle: A stretch needle has a slightly rounded tip, which helps it glide through the fabric without snagging or breaking the fibers.

  2. Use a serger or stretch stitch: A serger is ideal for sewing spandex as it sews and trims the edges of the fabric in one step, which helps prevent stretching. If you don't have a serger, you can use a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, such as a zigzag or lightning bolt stitch.

  3. Use a ballpoint or stretch needle: A ballpoint or stretch needle has a rounded tip that will not pierce or break the fibers in the fabric, helping to keep the stretch.

  4. Avoid pins: Pins can leave permanent holes in spandex fabric. Instead, use wonder clips, which are specially designed to hold stretchy fabrics in place without leaving marks.

  5. Stabilize seams: To prevent stretching, stabilize your seams with a strip of clear elastic or a lightweight fusible knit interfacing.

By following these tips, you can successfully sew spandex (Lycra) fabric for your clothing or textile projects.

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