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lettuce edge on knits

craftyjudy01 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I want to do a lettuce edge on the sleeves and bottom of a knit shirt for my GD…what’s the best way to go???

Serger or sewing machine?  What have you found that works best??


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Set your sewing machine for a fine zigzag with a wide width. Place the knitted edge under the presser foot and, using both hands, stretch the fabric as much as you can while sewing. Sometimes I go over the edge more than once. It will look all stretched out (it is), but with washing and drying you will end up with a nice lettuce edge.I don't know about the serger application, don't have one.

  2. Crazy K | | #2

    I have done that with my serger........and mine was done on knitted ribbing.  It worked great!  I used a 3-thread rolled hem.  I have tried it on reg. knits and found that you may have to play with the stitch length, etc. to get the look you want.

    IMHO the serger is the better of the two options if you have a serger available to you.


  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    Definitely is much quicker and easier with the serger, in my opinion.  Do a few test strips first.  Here's how I do it:  2 or 3 thread rolled hem, short stitch length, narrow stitch width, open the differential feed all the way like for ruffles.  Depending on the differential settings on your machine, and the stretchability of your fabric you might have to stretch as you go.  To do this, you hold the fabric behind the presser foot and a ways in front of the presser foot to stretch it.  Be careful or you will break needles.  I have not had to pull the fabric with my Huskylock 936.  Also test the fabric both right side up and right side down as one may lettuce better.

    What you are doing, is crowding the weave of fabric with too much thread so it makes this edge.  I like to use decorative threads for this, but be sure to adjust the tensions for the heavier threads. 

    If you get "pokies" you can put water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric.

    Hope this helps.  Mary

    Oh, Wooly Nylon in the loopers really fills this in nicely too.  Mary

    Edited 10/29/2007 2:17 pm by MaryinColorado

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