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Tips for sewing ribbed knits

JanetM | Posted in General Discussion on

I’d appreciate any and all tips on sewing with ribbed knits. I just tried sewing a long-sleeve turtleneck and it looked pretty good – not too stretched out of shape – but it turned out about 3 times too big! I’m already a plus size, but this thing was gigantic! Guess I need some tutoring from laying out the pattern to sewing up seams. Most of my experience has been with wovens and lightweight knits but this ribbed stuff has me stumped.

Janetpinkpanther

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  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Janet, check your pattern for recommended stretch factor, and compare to your fabric. It could be that the extra stretch (and possibly lack of recovery, if your fabric doesn't contain lycra) of the rib knit means you need to go down a size or two, at least in width, so that your finished garment isn't as oversized as yours turned out. If you didn't notice lots of wavy seams and hems in your turtleneck, is sounds as if you sewed the fabric fine, without stretching it out of shape--and that's already a victory when sewing squirrelly knits! I hope you can salvage the project and get an idea of how much to reduce the size for you next one.

    Carol

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