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Posted on: 4/5/12 11:00 PM
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I belong to a Serger Club and today we made knit t-shirts all on our sergers.

The instructor gave us a really good tip that I wanted to share.

On each side of the shoulder seams, fuse a 1/2" strip of Dreamweave fusible on the wrong side before you sew them together. You have to be careful to cut the dreamweave correctly. Cut the same direction as the selvage, but don't use the selvage as it's too hard. If you use this technique, your knit shoulders won't grow!

Hope this helps - I think it's a great little trick!

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Judy Kski said... (4/6/12 8:20 PM) Reply
I use 1/4" twill tape to stabilize my shoulder seams. I attached it to the back on the wrong side using 1/4" Wash Away Wonder Tape. That holds it in place until I sew the shoulder seams together.
sewsally said... (4/6/12 11:07 AM) Reply
I use a lightweight iron interfacing that comes in strips (from Lyla Messinger) and only put it on the back piece otherwise the seam is too thick. I haven't seen Dreamweave but with look for it.
elsew said... (4/6/12 9:39 AM) Reply
Great tip - always works...thanks for the reminder.
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