Did you get a chance to read our last blog yet? If you did, then you already know a couple of things about sewing with knits! To recap, we talked about how to pick the right fabric for your project and what kinds of special tools you will need to get the job done. Now that you have your sewing machine table stocked with everything you need, we can go over a few more tips on sewing with knits:
- Get your Janome sewing machine set up for a zig-zag stitch- The ideal stitch for knits is a zig-zag stitch, because you want the stitch to be able to stretch with the fabric. You will probably need to make some adjustments on your machine, so that the fabric doesn’t stretch too much while you are sewing. As a general guide, you will want the foot presser to be set at 1, set the stitch length at around 1.5, and the width of the stitch to around 3. You will also want to adjust your tension to around 4. Keep in mind that these settings are a general guide. For the best results, consult your machine’s manual.
- Wash your fabric- Knits tend to shrink quite a bit when you wash them, so it is always a good idea to wash (pre-shrink) them before you start sewing. After your fabric is washed and dried, let it rest for a while, and then cut out your pattern. If you don’t pre-shrink your fabric, you could end up with a project that is way too small.
Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more about sewing with knits.