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Any recommendations??
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Date: 6/14/03 10:47 AM

Hi. I would love to try knit/stretchy fabric sewing, but never done it before. I have an idea that knit sewing is different from woven fabric sewing. But my knowledge level is only that much. The other day, I was not very successful on fixing T-shirt hem(the seam became wavy..).  I bought a pull-on one piece dress (Butterick 6930) designed for two-way stretch knit and I would love to be successful on that.

I will very much appreciate if someone could suggest a knit sewing know-how book for me.  Thanks!!
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Date: 6/14/03 11:09 AM

I have a book by Connie Long called Sewing with Knits. It's pretty good, though I've since learned other techniques which are not in this book.

I'm sure Gigi and others will have some good tips.

I usually just use a narrow zig-zag for seams, a double-needle for hem, and avoid stretching the fabric. I do not use the stretch stitches on my machine, because they tend to make the fabric wavy as you described.
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Date: 6/14/03 11:40 AM

Just wanted to second Betty's opinion - I too have that book and like it.  While it does de-mystify knits, I too have learned other techniques elsewhere, such as Claire Schaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide.  But, Connie's book is a great place to start since you are new to knits.  Great luck on your first knit dress -- it really is easy to sew on knits.  Took me  forever to try it though.   :)

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Date: 6/14/03 6:54 PM

Hi Mariko, like Betty and Mary I too have the sewing with knits book and the Fabric sewing guide, but over the years I have collected or read a lot of other articles about knit sewing,see the articles:
sewing with knits
sewing knits
Just 2 examples found on the internet and there are a hole lot more.You also can look at Threadsmagazine online.

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Date: 6/14/03 8:18 PM

Mariko, welcome to the wonderful world of knits!  I think once you start, you'll be amazed at how easy they are to work with.

In addition to the wonderful references mentioned by everyone else, Threads magazine has a lot of articles, and this is a particularly helpful one:  Knits Primer

HTH and happy sewing! -Ann
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Date: 6/15/03 9:29 AM

Mariko, once you start sewing on knits there'll be no turning back! :)   They are soooo easy.  If you don't have a serger, a narrow zigzag works much better than most of those overlock stitches on the regular machine.  In addition to the books mentioned, I have learned some wonderful techniques for knits from Kwik-Sew patterns.
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Date: 6/15/03 10:40 AM

Thank you every one for your comments. I have seen books mentioned in fabric stores, but I wanted to hear some opinions before I buy it. KS patterns seem to be a good place to start. I guess the best thing is just doing it?! I was just afraid of knit after seeing the wavy seam I did on the T-shirt.

In other fellow PR member's review, I saw a fabric store named Emma One Sock selling nice stretch materials. Do you have your favorite stores where you buy these types of materials?
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Date: 6/17/03 6:56 PM

Spandex House in NYC - spandexhouse.com and Wazoodle.com are two of my favorite places.  Spandex House's website lists the types of knits they have, alot of specialty knits you may not be ready for, but I get all my cotton/lycra knit from them - they are reasonable and will send you a swatch set for free.  You could ask for a set of the cotton/lycra and cotton or poly interlock - those are two good knits to start with.  Wazoodle has a great selection online, too, and you can order online, you have to call Spandex House or fax them your order.  Just my 2 cents, happy shopping!!!
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