25 May 2022

Let's Sew With Knits!

Tilly and the Buttons Let's Sew With Knits

Want to start sewing with knit fabrics but don't know where to begin? Well, you've come to the right place! Whether you've yet to dip your toe into the wonderful world of sewing with stretch fabrics, or you've got a few projects under your belt but you want to take it to the next level, this master blog post with our tips for sewing with knit fabric will have you well on your way to the comfiest handmade wardrobe possible. 

Sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine

Can I sew knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine?

Absolutely! While overlockers or sergers are great for handling stretch fabrics and creating a professional-looking finish (keep reading for more on this!), you don’t necessarily need one to sew with knits - hurrah! If you’ve got an adjustable zigzag stitch on your regular sewing machine, you can use that instead.

For more, check out Tilly's tips for sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine.

Tilly and the Buttons Stitcher's Favourites sewing pattern bundle featuring Erin, Coco and Billie

What sewing patterns to use

Lucky for you, we can recommend a wide range of stretch sewing projects using our award-winning, jargon-busting sewing patterns! But we're not just talking about basic tops (although we do love the basics!), we've also got gorgeous designs for a wide range of garments and abilities including our Erin dungarees, the Iris knickers and our simple to sew Lotta dress. But don't just take our word for it, explore our collection of stretch sewing projects in our knits edit...

Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing With Knit Fabrics

Tilly's Stretch! Sewing Book

Designed for home sewists who want to stretch their skills and expand their fabric repertoire, Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing With Knit Fabrics contains a wealth of tips and tricks for choosing, cutting, fitting, handling and stitching stretchy knit fabrics, such as jersey, ponte, sweater knit, sweatshirt fleece, stretch velvet and sequin knits. The book includes six gorgeous sewing patterns.

Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top sewing pattern

Learn to sew knits with online workshops

If you want to get the skills, knowledge and confidence to sew jersey fabric on a regular sewing machine, we've got just the class for you. If you're ready to broaden the range of fabrics and garments you sew, join Tilly and whip up an Agnes jersey top (or three!) in our Learn to Sew Jersey Tops online workshop. You'll be guided through choosing the right fabrics, how to choose your size and cut your project, essential stitching techniques & lots more!

Tilly and the Buttons Billie Sweater sewing pattern

If you're looking to level up your sewing, using an overlocker (serger) is a great way to professionalize your seams. You'll learn how to choose your overlocker, get to grips with the threading and settings and troubleshooting your sewing, to name a few. Whilst you can certainly sew jersey garments without an overlocker, if you're wanting to sew more knits it could be a great investment for you. 

Free knit sewing tips and tutorials

Free knit sewing tips and tutorials

Did you know the Tilly and the Buttons blog is over 10 years old?! That means we've got a jam-packed archive of sewing tutorials and tips waiting for you, including plenty for guiding you through your stretch sewing adventure. 

Don't miss these highlights:

Tilly and the Buttons Erin sewing pattern

Now there's nothing stopping you! You're ready to tackle your next knit sewing project with confidence.

If you liked this post, check out Tips For Making A Jersey Bettine Dress!