Sewing Knits

Sewing knits can be challenging, but the right tools, and a little preparation, make the job much easier. Here are some tips to help you get started sewing with knits. Click on "Read more" to continue.

1. Don't allow your fabric to hang off your cutting table. If your table isn't long enough, position a chair so that the excess fabric is resting on the chair back.

2. Lay your fabric out flat (no fold) and cut one piece at a time.

3. Use as few pins as possible while cutting your fabric ...use wieghts instead to keep the pattern pieces in place. Sewing weights are great, but if you don't have those, any fairly heavy object will do...I use canned goods.

4. When cutting small pieces it helps to stablize your fabric to get a nice clean cut. Freezer paper works great for this (you'll find it in the grocery store). Place your uncut fabric on the shiny side of the paper, and press it with your iron. Once you've laid out, and cut your pieces peel the freezer paper off.

5. Use the appropriate size ball-point needle, and if your machine has stretch stitches, use those.

6. Don't push or pull your fabric while sewing...let the machine do the work. If you have a walking foot, now's the time to try it.

7. Instead of pinning hems, try using a temporary adhesive spray to hold the hem in place while sewing. Don't worry if you over-spray, and other areas feel sticky -- the spray will dissipate within a few hours.

If you take your time, sew slow, and get to know the characteristics of the fabric, you'll be much more successful.

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