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I bought some lovely knit fabric at Denver Fabrics today...and I'd like to make a tee shirt. I've not sewn with knits much and don't have a pattern. Anyone have any advice for me? A pattern you love? Tips and tricks? Do's and don'ts?
October 16, 2008 in Crafting | Permalink
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I think we've pretty much established that I am of no help in the sewing department! But I'm anxious to see what you'be been sewing and the tees when you are done!
October 16, 2008 at 05:43 PM
I have not sewn knits either, but I've read in other blogs that Sew U Home Stretch is a good book. It's all about sewing knits. The only other thing I've heard is you need a certain needle in your machine. I'd like to give it a try myself...maybe in the Spring.
October 17, 2008 at 05:26 AM
Amy Butler has a wonderful blog--maybe you read her? http://www.angrychicken.typepad.com/
She has written several sewing books, and I even have one: Bend the Rules Sewing. I don't know for sure, but I think I've seen her work with knits on her blog before. If she doesn't know, I know she'd be able to point you to someone who does know how do to t-shirts. Good luck. Her email addy is right on her sidebar, too, BTW.
October 18, 2008 at 07:32 PM
Hi there. My best tip is grab a tshirt (old one) and cut it up for a pattern. that way you know how its gonna fit. the sewing stretch book by built by wendy is also good.
When you sew the seams stretch the fabric a little and that way it wont pucker.
Hope that helps alittle... good luck sewing!
October 20, 2008 at 05:14 PM
Do you have a serger/overlocker? That's the best way to sew knit fabric. For suggestions, some free(!!!) patterns and hints on sewing knit fabric (inc. what to do if you don't have a serger), check out http://www.burdastyle.com.
Theres a free pattern for a long sleeve t-shirt (you just have to create an account) at:
Hope this helps!
October 27, 2008 at 04:20 PM
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