It never ceases to amaze me how scared seamstresses can be of sewing with knit fabrics, even those that have been sewing for years and years avoid them like the plague.
Although sewing with knits is certainly a bit different, it doesn't have to be hard, and you don't need any special machinery (nope not even an overlocker/serger). You just need a few different settings on your sewing machine and a bit of practice!
As it happens I have a brand new pattern for you to practice on. I developed the #123 Girls Tank and Pants pattern to include 5 basic beginner techniques to get you up and sewing with knits.
If you want to see how the pattern goes together, with quippy commentary and a backing track, check out the first episode of my new YouTube show Thread Faction Sewn.
But if you are new to sewing with knits, let me walk you through each of the techniques featured in the pattern, from setting your machine up to sew knit seams, through hems, bands, bindings and elastics. A whole world of knit sewing patterns will be opened up to you after you baster these basics.
Here are all the details and a few pics of the pattern, but I am not the only one sewing it up. I have teed up some awesome sewing bloggers to check out the pattern and the new mini course and to let you know what they think. Scroll down for the full blog tour line up.
#123 is a knit sewing pattern for a girls tank and pants set in sizes 2 to 10. The set makes a lovely matching underwear set, or as separates, the tank makes a great summer top and the pants are perfect modesty shorties for under skirts and dresses. The tank is finished with double fold bindings and a simple hem. The pants are mid-rise and have an optional gusset; the legs are finished with bands and the waist with elastic.
Here is the blog tour line up. I am really looking forward to see what they have put together, and what these experienced seamstresses' think of the course. You can check out their versions and thoughts by clicking on the links below: