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Sewing on Knits

Jean | Posted in Fitting on

Just getting up my nerve to sew on stretch fabrics.  Need to know how to measure in order to get the proper fit.  I know the ease would be less, but not sure.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.  Jean



  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Jean, your best bet is to start with a pattern designed for knits. The major pattern companies will have some, but you should also look into Kwik Sew (http://www.kwiksew.com) and Stretch and Sew patterns. Patterns for knits usually have a gauge printed on the envelope to show you how much stretch your fabric must have for the pattern to fit correctly; be sure to check your fabric against this gauge before cutting--it's no fun making a cute T-shirt that you can't pull over your head!

    Some patterns designed for wovens can also be used with stable knits that have very little stretch; these will have more ease than designs intended for use with very stretchy knits (which might even have negative ease, meaning they are cut smaller than the body's measurements and must stretch to fit).

    Independent designer Christine Jonson (http://www.cjpatterns.com) has a whole line of basic, wardrobe building patterns designed for stretch knits, and they include many tips on how to handle the fabric effectively and how to select the proper sized pattern.


    1. Jean | | #2

      hey!!!! Wait a minute here.  How did that Jean get to use my name???

      1. carolfresia | | #3

        Very interesting. I don't know how! I'll forward your message to the SYSOP--he knows everything. I think that you might be able to choose a screen name that doesn't have to be unique, even if your login i.d. is unique.


        1. Jean | | #5

          I emailed the other Jean.  I'm hoping she will change hers to avoid any identity confusion.

          Edited 1/2/2003 6:22:01 PM ET by Jean

          1. Tish | | #6

            Jean, (with butterflies), didn't we have a little bit of fooling around with the nicknames just after we moved to Prospero?  I have a vague recollection of Luca pretending to be Theodora or something like that.  It might have only happened in the Sandbox.  I think maybe Prospero reserves user names but not nick names.

          2. Jean | | #8

            Yes, you can   call  yourself anything you want and the only way to check is to click on the name above the message. Now how many people are going to do that on a regular basis?

            We  had it recently on CooksTalk and the newcomer graciously changed his name.  I  sent an email to Jean2 but it bounced.. but  I guess the Prospero email system isn't completely reliable either. Oh, well........

          3. User avater
            SYSOP | | #9

            Hello All,

            Let me explain what is going on here. Nicknames are Not unique but user names are. If you see a name in italics that is a nickname, if it is in all upper case then that is a username. We are working right now to change the registration system so that everyone will have unique names.

            As far as the Prospero email goes most likely it is that someone put in an incorrect email address or that they used a fake one. As I have found many many email addresses that are not valid. So if you want to receive emails then be sure to put in a valid one.If you have further questions please don't hesitate to ask.


          4. Jean | | #10

            Nicknames are Not unique

            Hi Mark! Glad to  hear that this issue is not being totally forgotten. (That's one reason I use a signature though, so people know it's me.)

            I don't suppose  you can do much about the fake email addresses though. Those folks must keep awfully busy ducking those black helicopters. ;-/

            Thanks for taking time to answer.

          5. Theodora | | #11

            It would never work Tish. He's much prettier.

          6. Tish | | #12

             I doubt that, but it's not my place to argue.

      2. rjf | | #7

        I knew that wasn't you!  Can't wait to find out what happened.  It's not good to lose your individuality but I'm sure someone will fix it.        rjf

    2. Jean | | #4

      Thanks Carol, will start with your suggestion to check Kwiksew.  I have always used Vogue/Butterick patterns, but it may be time to try someone else.  Jean

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