OK, so I thought of another sewing tip for Sew Mama Sew’s sewing tip list!
You CAN sew knits without a serger AND it’s EASY! I had wanted to sew with knits for a long
time, but was intimidated by it. Every
time I took a peek at the seams of my knit clothes, I couldn’t conceive of how
it was done, let alone face the scary look (and price!)of a serger! YIKES.
This tutorial helped me a lot, as did Sew U Home Stretch: The Built By Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics . The book is great because it gives ways to complete some of the projects with or without a serger. I felt fortified with information and dove in.
All you have to do is put a ball point needle in, set your
machine to the zigzag stitch and get crackin’!
I’ve made several knit skirts with just a zigzag stitch as my
friend. This year, I’m going to
experiment with appliqué on knit skirts and possibly try a t-shirt. I also bought this pattern from McCalls to
attempt. I’ll let you know how it
One of the best things about sewing with knits is that the
fabric doesn’t fray when cut, so you don’t have to finish your edges. Leaving the edges unfinished seems to be a
trend right now, which is nice. Though
with skirts, I do try to do some finishing.
If you stretch your material while finishing the hem, it gives that cute
lettuce-edge to the bottom of the skirt.
On the skirt in the pictures, I did 3 rows of zigzag stitching just for
funzies. I love knit skirts, but
haven’t embraced the fold-over waist band trend (who can wear that style, anyway?),
so this is perfect for me! Moral of the
story? Don’t be afraid to try to sew
with knits! Buy some inexpensive knit
fabric and try it out, you’ll be surprised at how forgiving the fabric is, both
for wearing and sewing!