8 October 2013

Resources for Sewing With Knits



Are you scared of sewing with knits? While they do have a reputation for being a little trickier to work with than woven fabrics, they're really not so difficult once you get to know them. A few of you asked me for tips on sewing with knit fabrics when I was making my Breton Tunic Dress. There's so much useful information on the subject already out there, so I thought I'd pull together a little list of resources. Please do share your own recommended resources on sewing with knits in the comments.

Blogs



There are some brilliant blog posts out there, including:
- Mad Mim's great 'Stretch Yourself' series, which is jam-packed with useful tips and tricks
- Lauren's no nonsense introduction to the topic
Dixie DIY's guide to sewing her ballet dress pattern
Tasia Sewaholic's posts on sewing the Renfrew top
- Steph's posts such as stabilising seams.

Classes

Online Sewing Class  Online Sewing Class

Craftsy has some enjoyable video classes, including Beginner Serging if you do have an overlocker/serger (this is the one I've got) or Sewing With Knits if you don't.

Books


As for books, I love Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin for an introduction to techniques plus some nice staple knit projects to try.

I don't have this one but Rachel reviewed a book called Sew Knits With Confidence, which also sounds interesting.

So that lot should be enough to get you started! What about you - can you recommend any great resources on sewing with knits?

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25 comments:

  1. Tilly, i love Tuesday lunchtimes for your regular posts! I've recently got into sewing (knitting is my first love) and have learnt so much from your blog - very much looking forward to your book being released!! I've just realised that you're local to Brixton!! I live in Brixton too, would loved to have gotten in touch with you earlier to chat to someone in real life about sewing and general crafty stuff but I am soon to move to Australia, I'm sure i'll still follow your blog from the other side of the world!

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  2. Yay! It is great to now have all the references in one place, thanks for that.
    Recently I have been working a lot with knits, making garments for me and my sons.
    My mom gave me her old overlocker since she hadn't used it in years. I love that fact that now I can whip up a t-shirt in no-time.

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  3. Tilly, thanks so much for all this information. I was one of the ones who pester you for info on this topic....
    It is very much appreciated as I am still a novice in the art of sewing (as I currently don't have much time for it unfortunately) so I know that this is going to be very valuable in a few months time and trust your judgement in the selection of helpful links, books and websites.
    Pati xx

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  4. Thank you so so much for posting this. I have the worst trouble sewing knits & I really want to make clothing out of it.

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  5. I took the "No Serger, No Problem" class and have been making lots if easy knit garments on my regular sewing machine ever since! BUT I just got my first serger and need to learn more... Maybe that other craftsy class is in order.

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  6. there is so much useful info on the Cake Patterns website on sewing with knits. not just relevant to her patterns (I know you linked to Steph's blog post on stabilising seams above but the Cake site has so much more info - and if you mail/ tweet steph she is extremely helpful!) http://sewingcake.com/

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  7. Thank you Tilly! I've just ordered Sew U Home Stretch so looking forward to reading through that, and great to have some other resources to have a look at now too!

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  8. Amanda also has some great tips here http://kitschycoo.blogspot.co.uk/p/sewing-with-knits.html

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  9. Thank you for this, I want to sew with knitted fabric sometime soon so it will be useful.
    Just have to actually find some knitted fabric first!

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  10. This is great! Thank you! As the weather is getting colder, I want to sew a wool knit cardigan. This is going to be helpful.

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  11. Your serger is so pretty! I'm currently taking the beginner serging class and I really like it!

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  14. My 1st attempt with the Sew U Home Stretch turned out fabulous and have had numerous compliments on the dress I made. I can't believe it's taken me years and years to find stretch fabric - I have always been scared of it!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/312578030358233344/

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  15. Just another vote for Sew U Home Stretch. It's what I used to begin with and if you are comfortable tinkering with patterns she gives you all the basic blocks you'll need for knits.
    Steph has tons of great tips and any one of her main patterns is an investment in techniques as well as a great pattern.

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  16. Hi Tilly thanks for these, not sure if I have the confidence yet but will have a look at the sites you mentioned. Have a great day Tilly
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  17. Yeah, I'm pretty much terrified of knits, and since that's almost all of what I wear, I have completely avoided sewing any tops or dresses for myself thus far : P Thanks for the resources! One of my post-holiday project goals it to make at least one (successful!) top for next spring/summer, so I'll be sure to check your suggestions out.

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  18. How about a bit of Alabama Chanin for hand-stitched knits - amazingly inspirational! http://alabamachanin.com

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  19. Where can I buy good quality knits from? The only ones I've found (in Cornwall) are thin and son't seem appealing to have next to my skin. Any advice on good shops (mail order preferably as I live so far down the country) I can buy from. Thanks.

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  20. My advice for knits would be: make lots of samples to try out stitches, use a walking foot on a regular machine, and go for it!
    Thanks for compiling this list, it looks great!

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  21. I love the Sewing with Knits course from Craftsy (same class you have posted above?) Meg McElwee walks you through the steps to complete multiple projects. I've completed one already, it took me just a few days. i really love the video format!

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  22. I love the Sewing with Knits course from Craftsy (same class you have posted above?) Meg McElwee walks you through the steps to complete multiple projects. I've completed one already, it took me just a few days. i really love the video format!

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  23. Great resources, thanks! I'm really interested in fitting armscyes and confused as to how you match sleeve stripes to the body, especially when the sleeve has a lot of ease. Any tips?

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  24. Thanks for this Tilly. I have made Amanda at Kitschy Coo's Lady Skater Dress a couple of times now and she has some very good tips for sewing with knits on her blog here http://kitschycoo.blogspot.co.uk/p/sewing-with-knits.html. She also has some good quality knit fabric for sale in her online shop and also talks you through the different types of knit fabric available.

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  25. Thanks for this! I have the 'No Serger' course, and although I've watched most of it, haven't yet tackled anything! I recently ordered the Sew U book so I'm waiting for that to arrive too. I did sew some jersey years ago but then going away from sewing due to life changes means I've lost most of my sewing confidence. Gradually trying to build it up again! I love wearing jersey so really want to get the hang of it. I just wondered if any of your clothes were made on a regular machine rather than an overlocker (such as the Breton Dress, etc)?

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