Hi there, fellow sewists! Today for the Colleen Cape Dress Sewalong, let’s dive into the wonderful world of sewing with knit fabrics. Knits can be a bit tricky to work with, but with a few adjustments and the right tools, you’ll be creating fabulous garments in no time! In case you missed it, check out my post all about knit fabrics and how to choose the right one here.
First things first, let’s talk about sewing machine adjustments. When working with knits, it’s crucial to adjust your machine’s settings to accommodate the stretchiness of the fabric.
The importance of a stretch needle
Using a ballpoint or stretch needle is essential when sewing with knits. These needles are designed to slide between the fabric’s fibers rather than piercing them, reducing the risk of runs or holes. Be sure to choose the appropriate needle size based on the weight and thickness of your knit fabric. A smaller needle size is suitable for lightweight knits, while a larger size works better for heavier knits.
Choosing the right stitch
Now, let’s discuss stitch type. The type of stitch you choose depends on the desired outcome and the specific project you’re working on. For most knit fabrics, a stretch stitch or a narrow zigzag stitch is ideal. These stitches allow the fabric to stretch without causing the stitches to break. If you’re working with a particularly stretchy knit, you might consider using a twin needle to create a professional-looking double line of stitching.
Knit stitches video
Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts with knit fabrics don’t turn out exactly as planned. Experiment with different settings, needles, and stitches until you find what works best for you and your project.
So there you have it, a brief guide to sewing with knit fabrics. With a little patience and the right techniques, you’ll be sewing up cozy and stylish knit garments in no time. Happy sewing!
I hope you find this blog post helpful! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.