If you’ve had a chance to read our last blog, then you already know a few things about sewing with knits. To recap, we talked about how you should adjust the settings on your cheap sewing machine for a zig-zag stitch, and how to pre-shrink your fabric. The following is a list of a few more helpful tips for sewing with knits:
- Pay attention to the direction of the stretch- Before you start cutting out your pattern, it is important to double check the direction of your fabric’s stretch. It may help to know that most knits have a two-way stretch, which means that they stretch width-wise. Keep this in mind when you cut out your pattern.
- Minimize stretching while you are cutting our your pattern- Too much stretching is the enemy when it comes to sewing with knits, but it is easily avoidable! Cut out your pattern with a self-healing mat and a rotary cutter. This will help you to perfectly cut out your pattern without too much stretching.
- Gently push the fabric through the machine- It can be tempting to stretch out your fabric while you feed it through your machine, but this should be avoided at all costs. Just be patient, let your fabric run under the foot, and gently nudge it in the correct direction when you need to.
- Use stay tape- If you are working on a seam that you don’t want to stretch, like a shoulder seam, you can use stay tape to hold the fabric into place. If you are worried about the tape sticking to the presser foot, you can also put a layer of tissue paper on top.