How did this, become this…?
Some of you may recall that I recently asked for help on a make working with a cheap knit fabric off Walthamstow market. My readers came good, as I knew they would, and I thought you might enjoy sharing how I improved my seam work.
1. I didn’t use clear elastic on the shoulder seam.
With heavy knit makes, where a lot of weight is hanging from your shoulder seam, it’s a good idea to reinforce the seam with clear elastic. But on the light top I was making, The Hectic Electic aka Mrs C aka Very Wise Woman advised me that I didn’t need to use clear elastic. There wasn’t a lot of weight to the make and the elastic was just adding bulk. On my second make I pressed the seams open and top stitched them, as suggested by The Overflowing Stash.
2. I trimmed that seam to within an inch of its life.
Roobeedoo assurred me that I could really trim that seam back, as knit fabrics don’t unravel. I took her at her word!
3. I bought some Lite Steam-A-Seam from Amazon.
Deb said she used this product on her seams when sewing with knit fabrics. Out of sheer curiosity, I ordered some. It really helped to stabilize my seams, without being too stiff. You just cut pieces out, use your iron on a moderate heat to press them onto your seam, pull off the paper backing, fold over your seam allowance and press closed. Then you go over with your twin needle. Job done!
You may remember that I also had fitting issues, with a hugely gaping back. It’s better on version number two, though I’m still not 100 per cent happy.
Several of you pointed out that the Tiny Pocket Tank isn’t designed to be made with knit fabrics, but others suggested I just take a lot of room out of the back pattern piece. I folded an inch out at the top of the centre fold and graded it down. Seemed to do the job!
Robyn suggested that some of the issues may have been to do with the fabric quality. I’m certain she’s right. This was really cheap, really light knit fabric. Yes, it had a cute design but it was a bit of a killer to work with. Still, it set me a challenge and I did my best to meet it!
One last interesting point. I wasn’t sure if my recently acquired twin needle was actually a ball-pointed twin needle. How to tell? Sew Darn Tired revealed the secret! Ball-pointed twin needles have a blue plastic holder at the top, and for woven fabrics it’s red plastic. Oops – mine is red. But, no matter. So Zo assured me that she never bothers will ball-pointed needles and she sews a lot with jersey. If it’s good enough for So Zo, it’s good enough for me!
I feel as though my skills with knit fabrics are slowly improving. I hope this helps you, too!
Right, I’m off to collapse on the sofa with some knitting. I went to the V Festival yesterday, and it’s kicked my butt. I’m getting too old for this malarkey!
Wearing the skirt I made as part of Miss P’s refashion challenge.