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Posted on: 8/16/06 7:02 AM
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I found some knit fabrics can be fiddly at times, meaning the edges don't serge finish well, no matter the differential feed used on the serger or how taut you hold the knit fabric to serge.

I decided to try Sulky Solvy, the original, meaning the thin solvy not ultra for the seam edges. I placed a strip of Solvy underneath the knit fabric edge while serging. The serger feeddogs seem to grab the knit better with solvy underneath. This resulted in a nice even serge seam.

You can then spritz the seam to remove the solvy or sew up the knit garment and then wash it to remove the solvy leaving a nice seam finish.


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glenj said... (3/18/08 7:00 PM) Reply
great tip,sounds like a keeper
Nancywin said... (8/24/06 6:51 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip. I've never used solvy before, but am getting ready to use some slippery rayon sheers that this might work well on. I'll have to pick some up and give it a try
Peggym said... (8/24/06 6:03 PM) Reply
What a good tip. Will give it a try
Dijanjoe said... (8/20/06 3:50 PM) Reply
Great tip for all the perfectionist out there!!
kathi s said... (8/18/06 0:36 AM) Reply
Thank you!
Nancy K said... (8/17/06 7:55 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip I have just about given up on making anything out of rayon lycra knit, but I have a couple of pieces left and I'll try your technigue
LiZ said... (8/17/06 3:15 AM) Reply
Great Ides. I will be doing this.
LiZ said... (8/17/06 3:14 AM) Reply
Great Idea. I will be doing this.
patsijean said... (8/17/06 0:28 AM) Reply
This is a very good idea.
NancyDaQ said... (8/16/06 12:48 PM) Reply
Good hint! I use Solvy with knits all the time. It also helps with hemming. And you couldn't get any simpler for removal--I just finish up the garment and give it a quick wash.
 
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