So now, a year later, with more sewing experience under my belt as well as spending the time to research and understand what I need to do to sew successfully with knits, I was chomping at the bit. I had stashed up a few pieces of knit fabric that I got on sale through the year so I decided to dive in and had 4 projects cut out. Here are the results:
The first one is the Lark Tee by Grainline Studio. This is the boatneck version. This was definitely a good first knit garment to attempt - no neck binding! You just turn it over and stitch it down. It fits well and I wore it for two days straight after making it. (I'm wearing it now as I type this!)
Lark tee but with a scoop neck. The neckband binding came into play here and it turned out OK! It looks good on the outside. I'm still trying to figure out how to neaten it up more on the inside.
Linden sweatshirt (View B) from Grainline Studio as well.
The last one is the Weekend Doris Dress by Jeanette of the Lazy Seamstress. It is a very mod-ish style and really cute and comfy.
Overall, I am really pleased how things turned out this time and am somewhat in love with how comfy knits are! The knit fabrics I am using are all Art Gallery knits and they are quite yummy.
Here are the things I learned that helped me this time around sewing with knits:
- I used an overlocker/serger to do all the seaming except for anything in the round (e.g. neckline). I found I needed to adjust the differential feed in order to get a seam that would lie flat instead of wavy. (I didn't do this last time.)
- I used the sewing machine to do the neckband. I don't know how to sew "in the round" on the serger. Also, the sewing machine gives me more control in smaller areas. I played with different specialty stitches but at the end of the day, a narrow zig zag seemed to do the job just fine.
- I used all-purpose thread this time for my sewing machine when sewing with knits.
- [edited to add] Almost forgot - most important is the walking foot attachment for my sewing machine!
If you have any additional tips for sewing with knits, I would love to hear about them. Thanks for stopping by!