We love to work with knits. Sometimes it can be tricky, but we’ve got some helpful tips, tools and classes that are sure to help you out!
Tools We Love:
1. Overlockers – Although it is possible to sew your knits on a standard home sewing machine, using a serger will give you professional results every time.
We currently have 1150MDA Classroom Machines for sale at MD. This is a great opportunity to get a current machine at a discounted price.
The BERNINA L220 Coverstitch Machine is ideal for finishing hems. This machine is a great addition to a home sewing machine that is dedicated to a specific, unique stitch. The coverstitch provides perfectly flat joining seams that lay comfortably. The 2-thread narrow coverstitch is the perfect flat hem for all stretch fabrics; it also can be used as a decorative topstitch seam on a variety of garments.
2. Needles – When you are sewing knits, the first thing you’ll need to do is to swap out your needle for one that works best with your fabric.
• Jersey/Ball Point: Works with most knits, the medium ball point does not damage or break knit fibers.
• Stretch Needle: Best for highly elastic knits (spandex/lycra), designed to prevent skipped stitches.
We suggest using a stretch twin needle when hemming if you do not have access to a coverstitch machine.
Read more info about which needle is best for your fabric here.
3. Presser Feet: Often times knit fabric can slip or pucker while sewing; a walking foot helps to feed your fabric evenly through the machine, keeping your stitches consistent and even.
4. Polyester Thread: Because of the fiber content of most knits, polyester thread is best to use while working with knits. Polyester thread is stronger than cotton and is less likely to break.
We have a great selection of knits in our shop and online.
We’ve just expanded our notions selection to include knit bias tape! This trim is sure to add a polished look to your garments.
Be sure to prewash your fabric! The last thing you want is your newly made garment to shrink on its first run through the wash. A good rule is to prewash your fabric however you are going to wash the finished garment. Consider the fiber content and follow suggested washing instructions given on the bolt if applicable. All knits shrink at different rates based on their fiber content.
The books and patterns we carry in the shop are great to work with. We recommend the Colette Guide to Sewing Knits as a resource to better understanding knits. This book, among other great patterns from Colette, Sewaholic, Grainline, Jalie, & Christine Haynes, are available in our retail store.
Join a Class
We have a variety of great classes using knits. Taking a class gives you the opportunity to utilize BERNINA sewing machines and sergers, along with additional tools you might not otherwise have the chance to work with. Our knowledgeable staff and teachers are here to guide you though each step. You’re sure to love working with knits after taking a class or two with us! Classes are the perfect way to build your sewing skills.
If you’ve worked with other fabrics before, sewing with knits takes a little getting used to, but stick with it! You’ll be whipping up tops, leggings and dresses in no time!