Sewing with knits is rather easy. You will need the right tools though.
I’ll show you how to thread your machine when you’re using a twin needle. It’s easier than you think!
Do you have issues with your knits rolling? Serge the edges! And you can spritz the fabric with a little bit of spray starch.
My number 1 tip with working with knits — HAND BASTE into place! This will help solve most of the shifting issues you may experience.
tools of the trade
Whether you're a beginner or an expert sewist the right tools can make the project easier. Here is a list of my "must have" sewing tools that I can't do without in addition to your sewing machine and/or serger. Of course you need pins, hand sewing needles and seam ripper for the job but you may find these 7 items will also help you amp up your "s" game!
1. Scissors - I recommend you get 3 pairs.
2. Marking tools - These tools are essential when transferring the markings from a pattern to the fabric. My favorites are:
3. Fabric Glue - Sometimes you just need a helping hand to help hold things together without pins. Why not use a little glue?
4. Magnetic Seam Guide - Where has this been all my life! I just purchased one recently and it sure helped guide my fabric and get the stitching straight!
If you have a fancy computerized machine you may not want to use it. Check with your sewing machine manufacturer and see if this will work fo you. It worked great for my Pfaff Passport 3.0.
5. Pattern Weights - I've discovered pattern weights use use to hold down my pattern while I cut with my rotary cutter. You don't have to buy the expensive ones at the fabric store. Be creative! Even soup cans work! I use these:
6. Rulers - Drawing straight lines are essential in sewing. I use a variety of rulers depending on my project. A curved ruler works will for blending sizes too.
7. Point Turners - Achieving that perfect point in a collar or any corner sets you apart from a "homemade" look to a professional ready to wear look. Some people use a pencil or even the point of scissors. These leave a lot of room for errors. These two are my favorites.
Where to purchase your tools
Share your favorite sewing tool that I haven't mentioned. Do you have any favorites? Comment below and share your favorite brands and experience.
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Hi! My name is Penni. I've been sewing most of my life. I love fashion sewing whether it's for a special occasion or for everyday wear. Join me and I will teach you how simple sewing can be!
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