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Date: 2/7/12 1:51 PM

If i wanted to sew stretch jersey fabric what would I have to do different to sewing cotton?
Is it only possible if you have a surger?

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Date: 2/7/12 2:32 PM

No, you don't need a serger. I use a narrow zigzag and a ballpoint needle on most of my knits, with a double needle to do the hems. (Some very tightly-woven knits prefer a stretch needle, which is slightly different to a ballpoint.) There is lots of info here at PR about sewing knits without a serger.

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Date: 2/7/12 4:35 PM

What about if you want to sew by hand? Would that be possible?

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Date: 2/9/12 1:42 AM

Sure. If you really like that better by hand than by sewing machine, you still really can, if you want to. After doing a few whole garments like that though, I think doing it by machine is going to start to sound better and better maybe. JAs all by hand is a whole lot more work and more time consuming! I think I would use a combination of running and back stitches. So I would do a few running stitches like maybe 1/2 of inch worth of them, while stretching the fabric a bit at the same time (so it will still have some give to it, and your thread does not break when garment stretches later, when worn )and then afterwards do a few back stitches in a row, maybe another 1/2 inch of them or so, to secure it a bit better. Then just repeat that over and over again.

On turned under knit hems, you can still hand slip stitch a hem there,(maybe stretching it bit, to build a bit of "give" into it, but if hemming knits by hand like that, after a few inches of the slip stitching, (like 2 or 4 inches of them maybe) then I most times sew over and over in one place every now and then, just so if it ever got too stretched out ever and thread were to break because of that, having it fastened down very secure every now and then, would keep the break only in that area, and keep the rest of the hem from falling out, until you got around to repairing it.

I admit I have never made a whole knit dress or top that way, andI think never will (as I have lots of sewing machinesand a serger I'd rather use for that) and probably most people have not either, as it would be such time consuming work, so I prefer machines much better for big stuff like that. But I have just mended lots of little places where seams were coming apart in one place on some knit stuff like that by hand on occasion that way, and even made some small knit stuffed animals that way too and it works fine for me.

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Date: 2/9/12 4:00 AM

I was thinking of sewing a 'shrug' cropped cardigan kinda thing. I have one but its full of holes now so I'd use it as a 'pattern'.

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Date: 2/9/12 8:19 AM

You can actually sew the seams of a jersey garment with an ordinary straight stitch, which is what I do. If the edges don't fray, you can simply leave them as they are without overlocking them. As far as the hem goes, you could use a twin needle. I'm not sure twin needles will work with your Janome Sew Mini machine, but it's worth a try.

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Date: 2/9/12 8:28 AM

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You can actually sew the seams of a jersey garment with an ordinary straight stitch, which is what I do. If the edges don't fray, you can simply leave them as they are without overlocking them. As far as the hem goes, you could use a twin needle. I'm not sure twin needles will work with your Janome Sew Mini machine, but it's worth a try.

Could I use that iron on wundaweb hemming tape stuff for the hem?

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Date: 2/9/12 12:44 PM

I'm not familiar with Wundweb, but you can use two sided half inch Steam-A-Seam with a twin needle, which is what I used to do before I bought my coverstitch machine. Steam-A-Seam without some type of sewing to anchor it in may or may not not last very long. You can also use an ordinary sewing machine and needle to sew what's known as a Jean Muir hem which I've never done but is supposed to be especially beautiful for some types of jersey.

To learn how to do a Jean Muir hem, follow this link to amazon's listing for Claire Schaeffer's book, High Fashion Secrets from the World's Best Designers. Then do a search inside the book for the term "Jean Muir Hem." The photo and instructions should pop up for you as they did for me without any problem.

My advice to you is that before you cut out your garment, you test the various techniques you plan to use because they may or may not give you the results you were hoping for.

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