Birdsong Bows: Free Tutorial: How to Sew with Knits Part II: Sewing Seams

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Free Tutorial: How to Sew with Knits Part II: Sewing Seams

Last week we learned how to get started with knits, by looking at fabric types, learning about stretch, and discussing how to prepare and cut your fabric. But now it's time to sew! Sewing with knits can seem intimidating, but it needn't be - they're just different, and require different sewing techniques than wovens do.
Today we'll learn how to sew seams on knit fabrics. There are tips for sewing with your regular sewing machine (as long as it has a zigzag option) and for your serger. You can read "Sewing Seams with Knit Fabrics" through the Google viewer (photos are more clear once you've downloaded from the viewer) and then get started finding out what works best for you. Remember that knits don't fray like wovens (most knits, anyway!) so you won't have to worry about seam finishes. Practice on a variety of knits, and even consider recording what settings work best with the different types of knits you try. In early April I'll post a free headband/flower tutorial for you to apply your new skills! And later I'll teach you how to sew perfect hems, work with clear elastic, and insert regular elastic for twist-free waistbands.
If the Google viewer version of "Sewing Seams with Knit Fabrics" isn't cooperating with your browser, you may also download the file from the Internet directly. So put your stretch needle on your sewing machine, load it with polyester thread, and have fun this week!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. I have used a walking foot for some time and it works great. Also got a brother serger a couple years ago.

It took me about two weeks to figure out how to thread it, but now I couldn't live without it, especially doing home dec sewing and of course knits!

March 30, 2013 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Deanna McCool said...

Thanks Diane! I feel the same about my serger - it can take awhile to get the hang of it, but once you do, it's lovely!

April 2, 2013 at 7:57 AM  

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