Sewing With Knits

serger machineSewing with knits is always something of a challenge for any sewer, experienced or inexperienced. This particular fabric is reputed for being stretchy and complicated to manipulate, which is why it’s extremely important to adopt both the proper techniques and equipment required for working with knit. You can of course sew knit by hand or with a regular sewing machine but in most cases, it is advisable to go for a serger since this apparatus is designed to work with more complicated fabrics.

Be sure to invest in the proper tools

Even if you can’t afford to invest in a serger machine at the moment, there are a few accessories that you should absolutely purchase to be able to successfully see your project to the end. Here are the main accessories that you might need:

  • Ballpoint needles
  • Twin needles
  • Rotary cutter
  • Self-healing cutting mat

It is important to note that rotary cutters are recommend instead of scissors to ensure that your fabric does not stretch out of place during the sewing process.

Use stay tape

Instead of pins, it is recommended to invest in stay tapes to adjust features like shoulder seams. However, if you are using a presser foot, there is the faint possibility that the stay tape sticks to the presser foot. To avoid this issue, you can layer tissue paper on top of your fabric and remove it off later on. Alternatively, you can also use a Telfon-coated presser foot to prevent the tape from sticking.

Finishing Inside Seams

To finish inside seams, it is highly recommended to use a serger machine. Not only does it add a polished and professional finishing look to your project, but this apparatus ensures that your project will not unravel after use. In fact, if you’re working with a delicate fabric, the edges may have a tendency to roll up after some time. To prevent this, it is advisable to allow a very small allowance of fabric when you sew or cut down.

Walking foot

If your knit is very stretchy, it is recommended to sew with your walking foot. Priced between $15 and $20, this small gadget is extremely handy and can be used to prevent your fabric from stretching out. However, if you’re sewing with jersey, you will be glad to learn that you can omit the walking foot since this fabric does not pucker up easily.