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Video: How to Sew Knits

Nov 03, 2014

Judith Neukam; Shot by: Evamarie Gomez

In “Knit Know-how,Threads #176, Executive Editor Judith Neukam shares tips and techniques for sewing knits. As any experienced sewer knows, knits come in a variety of styles and fabric types–from tissue-weight jersey to bulky sweater knits. Watch this Threads Essential Techniques video to learn which machines, needles, and stitches are best suited for particular knit types. You’ll also learn a foolproof technique for stabilizing shoulder seams on knits, how to handle necklines on knit garments, and how to sew a durable hand stich for hemming knits.

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  1. Mamato8 January 20th

    I use a twin needle to hem my knits. I loosen the tension on the needle thread to keep the stitch from making a channel. It lays flat and stretches without popping.

    My seams are a zig zag set at 2-3 wide and 1-1 1/2 long. This has a nice stretch and it looks the same on the outside of the seam as a straight stitch.

    Kwik sew has lots of good patterns for knits.

  2. user-3210588 November 13th

    I found this useful - I am new to knits and have struggled with finishing necklines nicely. Thank you.

  3. User avater sewold November 5th

    New sewers have a tendency to hand sew hems in a tight stitch, reasoning that it will hold better. In truth, the looser catch stitch is perfect because it is flexible. It will hold better than any tight stitch and it is almost invisible from the right side.

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