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sheila_boswell | Posted in The Archives on

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I would like to sew the lettuce edging on my toddlers cotton knit tops and socks. I know you need to ziz zag as you stretch the fabric but thats about it. I don’t have a serger, can I do it with a regular sewing machine? Thanks for any info anyone can provide. Sheila

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  1. Véronik_Avery | | #1

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    You'll find it quite simple once you try it- and practical(especially on turtlenecks, since it stretches enough to go over comfortably over a toddler's head)
    You don't need a serger, although they're ideal since a) guiding the fabric faithfully isn't crucial since it cuts off the excess and b) they produce a nicely covered edge; On the sewing machine, you'll have to run a few tests on your fabric or a close equivalent.
    - Work from the right side with a zig zag stitch. The fabric will roll towards the wrong side. I haven't tried this, but I'm guessing a foot with a groove on the under side might be helpful in controlling the roll.
    - Try stretching different amounts; the more you stretch, the more ruffled the edge becomes - but you also might find it harder to control the roll of the fabric.
    - You should also try different stitch lengths as well as different thread types. This is why sampling is important; a minute change can make a dramatic difference in the look of a garment. It also lets you get the hang of it and explore while it's still unimportant how well you do.

    Feel free to e-mail me if I've been less than clear- I don't get back to the discussion group on a regular basis.

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