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Posted on: 9/9/04 1:20 PM
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I have very recently bought a serger and after more than 15 years of sewing am finally trying my hand at knits. It feels weird because I can tailor a jacket but have never made a t-shirt.... Anyway, I had to learn and decided to recycle couple of oversized white t-shirts (rtw) into my size. I don't have a coverstitch and discovered I don't have the right size double needle either. So, I had to find a way to hem the bottom hem and the sleeves. I remembered that some time ago I hemmed some pretty slippery sheer drapery with serpentine stitch so I tried it on the knit. It worked great-the seam stretches but the knit is not stretched, the stitchjes are really short, hence no raveling would occur (well, on my knit it would not by default but I mean in general) and it looks really nice. A piece of advice - start sewing at a side seam or somewhere where it is less exposed because it is likely that the wave of the serpentine will not match exactly at the beginning and end of the hem.

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drsue said... (9/15/04 4:10 PM) Reply
I tried this the other day and it work great and looked fine.
Jennifer shaw said... (9/10/04 7:39 PM) Reply
Great idea! I have a serpentine stitch on my machine too.
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