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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > How do you finish sweater knit necklines? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 8/4/12 3:56 PM

When sewing the fast scoop-neck type that is popular to layer over something else for fall, what do you use? Ribbon, bias, ??
They often have simple T or batwing sleeves in 3/4 length.
Has anyone re-purposed pullovers to cardigans using grosgrain ribbon as the facing?

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Date: 8/5/12 5:36 AM

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Has anyone re-purposed pullovers to cardigans using grosgrain ribbon as the facing?

GrammaB, I haven't used yet any of the following tutorials but saved them in my ''favorite links'' for future refashioning projects.

- Tutorial using bias tape
- Tutorial using fabric strips with ''normal'' grainline (disregard that the actual projects shown are for pregnant women)
- finally: tutorial using grosgrain ribbon or twill tape. That's just one of many upcycling knit projects on this website.

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Date: 8/5/12 9:19 AM

Thanks!
Using contrast bands for the front is a cute idea, have seen sweatshirts for kids done this way. Being tall, I don't like above-the-waist sweaters, but realized you could re-purpose men's Small sweaters this way, often you find them barely worn.
In midwest winters we need 2 layers inside and extra length isn't always there in women's brands, depending on the year's style. Even 3/4 length sleeves leave me cold.


**Just found some good suggestions at nakedseamstress.blogspot.com
from 2011.

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Date: 8/5/12 9:32 AM

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... What to use for the Necklines sewing your own, when you can't get that knit edge finish of RTW?

Unfortunately, I can't speak from more sophisticated experience than what I once did: I just serged around the edges (neckline and openings) to not end up with 'lettuce edges'. Then, I hand-sewed trim on the edges. This worked fine but only if you like trim on cardis.

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Date: 8/5/12 1:03 PM

If the sweater is a fine knit you can cut the sweater and just crochet over the raw edge. I wrote an article for PR a while back about how to repurpose sweaters.

you can also serge the cut edge and then cover the serged edge with a ruffle cut from strips of the left over sweater fabric as I did here,sweater to shrug

it does take a bit of practice to get the tension right so you don't get ripples ..I also found that a bit of time with a steam iron and some strong pressing can correct some less than perfect serger tension.

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Date: 9/17/13 10:54 AM

Still looking, I'm thinking necklines for casual pullovers too, not just cardigans. Matching ribbing is hard to find and don't want to use the same fabric, as it would get bulky.

With no serger or knitting skills, could you fold a sweater
knit over clear tape, then zigzag? Generally you don't stretch
clear tape for shoulder seams, but maybe a little for a scoop or V-neck?
There are more lite loose weave sweater knits for winter and found a nice mauve/aqua/brown chenille fabric at Fabric.com. Not a fan of big cowls and turtlenecks, most patterns still tend toward swing cardis.

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Date: 9/17/13 2:11 PM

If you don't just want to turn it under and stitch it down, and you don't want to bind it off with anything, you still always got the choice of putting a real facing on it there. If it was knitted in such a way, it looked and felt like a hand knit sweater, I probably would not do that, but on most a bit more sweatery knits by the yard, I think you could do that. I think I would use some of that nylon tricot fuse-able interfacing for that. And I would just fuse a big piece of it to the knit fabric first, and then cut my facing for it out of that afterwards.

That would not be my first choice probably and not what you would see in the stores, but also the ones that are in the stores, were even just made with stuff you don't have too, like an overlocker and even matching trim or binding. So I think you do what you have to do, in whatever way just works for you sometimes also.

If I wanted to try to turn the edge under with clear elastic in it there, with no overlocker, I think I would zig zag down my clear re-enforcing elastic down onto it first, on the right side of the fabric even, then turn it to the back afterwards, enclosing that and then final stitch from the top, maybe try that on a scrap and see what happens?

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