Blog Archive » easiest knitted sweater zipper install ever. One of the more dreaded knitting finishing techniques is installing a zipper. I admit it, I’ve never been a fan either. There are multiple helpful zipper tutorials out there, and I’ve used a few of them. I always came back with the same issue though; you lay out the sweater, you center the zipper underneath and try to baste in the zipper. The problem is as soon as you pick up a piece of knitted fabric, it does what knitted fabric does. It stretches and drapes and wiggles out of that straight taut line. I think I’ve found a solution though. Sweaters and then I used it again last week finishing Pump Jockey. Hold on while I blow your mind at the simplicity. Blocking wires. They hold the knitted fabric in place and stablize the whole deal.
Here’s how I did it: I started by weaving in two blocking wires on each side of the sweater fronts. With my small rotary mat inside the sweater, I placed the zipper underneath the sweater fronts taking care to center it directly under the edges. Fab Finish For Knits: Bound Edges. Darlings, your Pressinatrix has had a bad week. She installed her new Reliable boiler iron at the office, and has been happily pressing away. But The Pressinatrix also sews at home, and therefore is in great need of her pressing equipment there as well. Alas, tragedy struck. You see, The Pressinatrix believes that her home iron, a wonderful Consew gravity feed that has served The Pressinatrix dutifully for nigh these last seven eight years – my, how time flies. Heartbreak ensued. Fortunately, the hole left by the intense heat was on the inside of the hem, so no one could see it, but it was a complete sartorial tragedy only narrowly averted because of The Pressinatrix’ quick reflexes.
Unfortunately, The Pressinatrix’ lesser self alter ego would not allow The Pressinatrix to run out and purchase another Reliable. Wait for it… Naomi! Naomi has already taken her place of honor at the pressing table. Xox The Pressinatrix. Sewing Tips: Gathering and Sewing With Knits. .I know, it’s been a while since my last sewing tips. (Click here for other basic sewing tips.) But many of you asked about the stitch that I used with this shirt. Remember how I explained at the bottom of the post that I asked my mom about sewing with knits and she mentioned that crooked little zig-zag stitch. Well, many of you asked if I could show more of what that looked like. Here is the stitch on my machine. That squashed looking zig-zag, listed as #42. Here is what the stitch looks like on some knit.
**And if you’ll notice the shape of the stitch………it will allow the stitch to stretch, unlike a straight stitch where there is no give to it. Onto another question. Such a simple technique……after you see how it’s done. So here is the basic idea of gathering fabric. But make sure not to back-stitch on either end. Now, looking at that basting stitch, you’ll see that there is the top thread and a bottom one at each end of your stitch. Keep pulling and gathering….. Make sense? Tutorial: Stabilizing and gathering knits with clear elastic (…and the book comes out in one week!) - Coletterie. Two Ways To Tame Knit Fabric Hems. Hemming the knit garments that we sew can often be a frustrating experience. Wavy, stretched-out, lumpy, and uneven hems are all too common. Here are 2 easy ways to get great looking hems on knit garments every time! The first way to hem knit garments and the one I use most often is by "Crowding the Needle".
As you can see in the photo above, as the un-stitched part of the hem of this knit top approaches the needle, I push it towards the needle. This lets the feed dogs do all the work while I gently guide the fabric, deliberately "pushing" it towards the needle with one hand...while I keep the garment straight by guiding it gently with the other hand behind the presser-foot. The second way to tame knit fabric hems is by using any of the various brands of Clear "Water Soluble" embroidery stabilizers...such as the brand-name product, "Solvy" (easily available at chain fabric stores).
As pictured below, first cut about a 10-inch length of the stabilizer. Now stitch your totally stabilized hem. Tutorial: Sewing hems on knits with a twin needle - Coletterie. Resources for Sewing With Knits. Are you scared of sewing with knits? While they do have a reputation for being a little trickier to work with than woven fabrics, they're really not so difficult once you get to know them. A few of you asked me for tips on sewing with knit fabrics when I was making my Breton Tunic Dress. There's so much useful information on the subject already out there, so I thought I'd pull together a little list of resources. Please do share your own recommended resources on sewing with knits in the comments. Blogs There are some brilliant blog posts out there, including: - Mad Mim's great 'Stretch Yourself' series, which is jam-packed with useful tips and tricks - Lauren's no nonsense introduction to the topic - Dixie DIY's guide to sewing her ballet dress pattern - Tasia Sewaholic's posts on sewing the Renfrew top - Steph's posts such as stabilising seams.
Classes Books As for books, I love Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin for an introduction to techniques plus some nice staple knit projects to try. How to Sew Knit Fabrics: Sewing With Jersey 101. Babies love wearing cozy knits! Ladies love wearing cozy knits! The Season of Cozy is upon us, but when we asked the Prudent Mamas, we discovered everyone is nervous about knits. We get that! Since we have a bunch of cute patterns for knit jersey dresses and such planned for you, we thought we’d start by getting everyone comfortable with sewing knits. Let’s start with a little primer, including what equipment you need (or don’t need), the different stitches, and some basic tips to help you get on your way to Cozytown. From the feedback on our facebook page and twitter, we see that the Prudent Mamas have concerns about stretched out seams, popping threads, and slippage while sewing.
Then you can make these cute dresses I share a pattern and tutorial for here: Beginner’s Jersey Baby Dress! Knit Fabric 101There are ten trillion different knit fabrics out there. Knits are, well, knitted (with loops): (thanks for the illustrations, threads magazine) So now you’ve got your fabric. A Serger. Finishing Techniques for Knit Fabric // Stretch Yourself. This series is sponsored by Baby Lock. For over 40 years, Baby Lock has been dedicated to the love of sewing by creating machines for sewing, embroidery, quilting and serging – all with ease-of-use, high quality and a touch of elegance. It doesn’t take long to realize that sewing with knits is easy and very forgiving. Once you get a hang of the construction (Miranda‘s covering how to construct a knit tee today) it all comes down to the finishing details.
The small touches like hemming and top stitching are hands down the most important thing when it comes to making your garment look professional. A word on needles and feet. Finishing Neck Openings: A neckband is definitely the most common neckline finish, and certainly the method I use the most. Although I don’t personally use this technique very much, many people just simple turn the neck under and usually zig zag it down.
Binding the neckline is another option, and this is often used on children’s wear for a slightly more sporty look. Sewing with Knits...It CAN Be Fun! January 6th, 2009 Email 3 users recommend Use a fusible knit interfacing on the wrong side of your knits before sewing buttonholes. Shannon Dennis Use ballpoint or stretch needles when sewing knits to avoid skipped stitches and crooked-looking seams. Using twin stretch needles to topstitch not only secures your stitch but also reduces the bulk of heavy knits and gives a professional-looking finish! Photo: Shannon Dennis Knits encompass everything from Polarfleece to T-shirts and from "slinky" to sweater fabric.
First, use the correct needle. For seams, I have found that what works best is creating the seam with the appropriate seam allowance then topstitching or edgestitching. Stitch length is an important component as well. Sewing buttonholes on knit requires one simple step. The perks of sewing with knits are, to me, endless. Knits 102 | The cover-stitch and overlock - Shwin&Shwin. I love sewing with knits, which is nice because I love wearing knits, and my kids love wearing knits. However I used to HATE sewing with knits and it was simply because I didn’t know how.
Knits are different for sure, but they aren’t so bad and once you figure things out you will be whipping through knits like nobody’s business. So a while back I shared my Knits 101 post, and Ribbing 101, and today I am sharing all about the cover stitch and the overlock stitch. Both require special machines, but you don’t need special machines to sew with knits, they can just be helpful. The cover stitch is the double (or triple) stitch used for hemming knits or topstitching seams that need stretch.
To do a cover stitch you will need either a cover stitch machine, or a serger that has a cover stitch option. When you get to the end of the fabric you lift the presser foot and pull the fabric away instead of “over sewing” like you would when you use a serger. Next up the serged seam. Pros: Cons: Related. Sewing with Jersey & Knits (Links) I collect useful links. It’s my thing. And now that I’m embarking on some sewing projects which will work better with some of those piles of information readily at hand and tidily organized, it seems that I might as well do that organizing on here, so anyone else with an obsessive desire to research 97 different ways to do something can also partake of my linkful bounty.
Now, obviously the subject of sewing with jersey and other knit fabrics does not have a great deal to do with historical sewing, but many twentieth century styles involve knit fabrics, plus knits can be used for modern interpretations of even more styles, as well as for current designs. I love many mid-twentieth-century vintage styles as well as true historical costumes (you know, really old stuff), and I’ve found that I can get away with wearing 1950s styles in everyday life, which is not so much the case for, say, 1850s. And sometimes a girl just needs a T-shirt. Knit Inspirations “What Is a Walking Foot? Like this: Tips and Care for Sewing Elastic. Sewing Elastic Types. You tell me.... How about the sewing elastic that bunched up inside that skirt you made, so you never wear it.
How about the underwear with the stretched out elastic waistband? And the bathing suit that lasted only a few months because the rubber is popping out of the elastic? So yeah, it does make a difference. What you don’t know about elastic can ruin a garment you’ve spent hours on…. When a pattern calls for elastic, it usually will state how much you need, and how wide. Sewing elastic comes in many different types, thicknesses and widths. How Sewing Elastic is made Elastic starts with a core of rubber. There are many ways that elastic is manufactured. Woven Elastics are very strong, and slightly thicker than the other elastics. Braided Elastics get narrower when stretched. Best not to sew braided elastic directly to the garment though, because it will lose its stretch.
Non-Roll Elastic is especially appropriate for use in waistbands, because it stays flat when stretched. Knit Elastics. Sewing with knits. I get a lot of comments after I do a post involving sewn knit fabric. A lot of the wow, you sew knit fabrics kind of comments. Most recently on sewing the bathers I've been asked to share some advice about sewing lycra. All of which I find a bit bemusing. When I started sewing I didn't really understand that knits were a different beast to woven fabrics, and while I admit to many a mistake along the trial and error road, knits have never really scared me any more than any other sewing hurdle. But since I get asked a lot about this topic I'll let you know what I know, for what it's worth.
Why sew knits? The tool kitThe tools required for sewing knits is really pretty light on. In the main you do require a machine with stretch stitches (stitches that can expand and contract with the stretch of the fabric) but basic stretch stitches are standard on pretty much all machines now. Another option for a regular machine is to use a double needle (see brown stitches in above shot). And that's it.
Lycra info (see comments) Remember these? Those pants that fit so nicely? Well, soon after I blogged about them I discovered that after about an hour of sitting, they looked less like that and more like I was trying to beat Eminem in a baggy pants competition. No, I did not photograph my butt in baggy pants for you. This has been a long-time issue for me. Jeans that fit in the store would stretch out to be two sizes too big. Now that I'm making my own pants, I feel like I should have more control over this issue. In the case of my red pants, I pinched out the excess left after a day of sitting, unpicked the waistband at the side seams only, removed said excess fabric at the outside sideseams (I was not going to mess with the inside seams and crotch curve), and tried them on.
I would love to avoid having to make and unmake pants in the future in order to deal with this. Stabilizing knits (stay tape, elastic, interfacing) (top: stay tape, middle: clear elastic, bottom: regular elastic) Thanks for following along with the series so far! Today we're talking support systems - stabilizers, elastic, interfacing, etc. To recap, you can read all the Never Fear Knits posts here. InterfacingOccasionally you'll come across a knit pattern that requires interfacing - think wide waistbands on jersey dresses. Yes, they do make knit interfacing and yes, it does stretch.
You'll find it in the store mixed in with the rest of the interfacings. Stay Tape Even though knits stretch there are certain parts of knit garments that you don't want to stretch out - like shoulder seams. Elastic For waists of dresses you'll probably need some elastic to maintain the shape. If you want the waistband to lay flat you'll cut your elastic the length of the waist measurement of the dress. Like with Stay Tape you lay the elastic on top of the fabric as you feed it under the presser foot. ***Phew, almost done! Sewing with knits | Sewing 101 | Shwin&Shwin. Remember Sewing 101?
It was a fun little series we did last year, and well since then we have though a lot about adding to it. It won’t be like the series last year where it was nearly everyday for 5 weeks, but there will be some lessons here and there. Starting today with sewing with knits. It is the number one thing we get asked about. Knits make people nervous, or frustrated. I can understand both. Some fabrics can be frustrating to work with. 1. 2. 3. A stretch stich requires a fancy foot to do the stitch. 4. Then you thread your machine with two spools of thread. 5. Then when you hem, it is nice and smooth. 6. Then even with the stretchiest knit will lay nice and smooth and flat. Now hopefully you can tackle any knit project with confidence on your side! Do you have a sewing question or issue that you want a lesson on?
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