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Sewing in knit fabrics with a sewing machine

A serger is great for sewing with knit fabric, which has stretch. But you can achieve just as fine results with a regular sewing machine. Just consider these things:

 

  1. Using the right needle
    The most important thing is to switch out your regular needle on the machine for a ballpoint/jersey or stretch needle. They have a rounded tip which won’t ruin the fabric. The same goes for your twin needle, if you’re using one. That one should also be ballpoint/jersey or stretch.

  2. Use zigzag stitch
    This is really important, especially for horizontal seams where stretch is needed (e.g. the neckline). A seam that doesn’t require much stretch, e.g. vertical seams such as the side seams, can be sewn with a narrow zigzag stitch.

  3. Don’t pull the fabric
    Try not to pull the fabric as you’re sewing. That generally results in a “bubbly” seam. Neither should you let the fabric hang down from the table. Lift it up so that it can be easily fed into the machine.

  4. Press seams
    Always press a seam after you’ve sewn it. Don’t wait until the entire garment is finished. Pressing is often the thing that takes away that “homemade” look and gives the garment a professional feel. When you’re pressing, the thread “melts” into the fabric.

  5. Change presser foot
    If none of the above helps you could try switching to a walking foot. It keeps the fabric from stretching as you sew.

    2 comments

    • Jag sitter och funderar på vilken symaskin jag ska köpa. Vill gärna kunna sy i trikå men att köpa en overlock finns inte med i budgeten just nu så detta var inspirerande att läsa.
      Vad har du för symaskin? Har du några tips vad jag ska tänka på när jag kollar på symaskin om jag vill kunna sy i trikå?

      I övrigt vill jag bara säga att jag hittade dig genom Instagram där jag föll för dina fina barnkläder! Väldigt inspirerande konto! Nu får jag nog börja läsa här på bloggen också ☺

      Josefin
    • Åh! Jag blir så inspirerad att börja sy! Det var bara det där med symaskin.. :).

      Ska bli så roligt att följa dig här!

      Marie

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