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Three Machines for Sewing Knits

Threads magazine - 176 - Dec. 14/ Jan. 2015
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In this article from Threads #176 (December 2014/January 2015), Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam shows you how to sew a variety of knits with various machines and transform classic styles into fresh trends. Fortunately, sewing knits is easy with a few techniques and home-sewer friendly tools, such as specialty needles and thread: Sew them with utility stitches on a standard machine, or consider the benefits of a serger or a coverstitch machine. Then, enjoy the possibilities of embellishment. Knits are easy to fit, and they go together in a jiffy. It’s all up to you; the machine, needles, threads, and embellishments you choose open the door to creating a comfortable, easy-to-wear, great-looking knit wardrobe for any season.


We enjoy the comfort of wearing knit fabrics. They are easy to care for, require little to no ironing, and pack like a dream. Look around and you’ll find knit fabrics that look like lace, sparkle with embellishments, or mimic time-consuming hand-knits. Pair those fashion elements with the knowledge that sewing knits requires an effort on the level of putting together a T-shirt, and you have a winning combination of sewing projects, this season and beyond.

Threads has partnered with Simplicity to develop ensemble pattern 1255, designed just for knits. In this article, I’ll show you how to sew a variety of knits with various machines and transform classic styles into fresh trends. Fortunately, sewing knits is easy with a few techniques and home-sewer friendly tools, such as specialty needles and thread: Sew them with utility stitches on a standard machine, or consider the benefits of a serger or a cover-stitch machine. Then, enjoy the possibilities of embellishment.

Knits are easy to fit, and they go together in a jiffy. It’s all up to you; the machine, needles, threads, and embellishments you choose…

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