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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Edging for a v-neck knit ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 9/29/07 1:13 PM

I finished sewing my first ever knit t-shirt, Butterick 6084, and I managed the FBA fine (review to follow, when the camera batteries are charged). It fits fine but the neck edge (v-neck) is really wavy. I used the honeycomb stitch on my Bernina, but it doesn't look like the picture in the book (again, I'll put a picture up later!).

So I want to make this again, but what should I do with the neck edge? I went to the local fabric shop today and got some more fabric but I don't think they have twin stretch needles, and she recommended:

for a round neck, using a very small gauge elastic - round elastic - in the hem
or making a facing, and top-stitching it (I think this is the method in the pattern)
or making binding - which I might try.

So, what do people recommend? Should I order some twin needles, or try the facing or binding methods?? Or is the honeycomb salvageable?

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Date: 9/29/07 6:47 PM

Katie, I wouldn't use the stretch stitch because I find it does make things wavy. Guess it puts too much thread in a small area? My preference is to use a French binding for tee shirt necklines. Here's a previous discussion of the French binding on a V neck. HTH

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Date: 9/30/07 9:23 AM

It is so easy to stretch a neckline out of shape. Even on woven fabric, the neckline will stretch, because it's on the bias.

The first thing to do, immediately after you remove the pattern from the fabric, is staystitch the neckline. Then you can do any of those finishes you mentioned, and not have to worry about it stretching.

You can probably salvage your 'honeycomb stitched' top this way. If the neckline isn't too low, just cut off the edge that's wavy [if it's already as low as you want it, you'll want to take out your previous finish]. Then staystitch the raw neckline...you can even put your finger behind the presser foot, pressing against the fabric and the foot [as if you're trying to stop the fabric from feeding through], until the fabric won't move. Stop sewing and let go. Then put your finger back there again and start sewing again...etc., all the way around the neckline. This will help to "unstretch" it. This is called Staystitch Plus, as it draws the fabric up a little bit. Then go ahead and refinish the neckline, however you prefer.

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Date: 9/30/07 4:02 PM

Oh, I'm so pleased it isn't hopeless - I have enough fabric left that I could do a binding - I think I could cut it off as I only turned over a tiny amount.

Thanks!

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Date: 9/30/07 10:36 PM

Katie,

Since you're new to knits, I STRONGLY urge you to check out this video tutorial on bindings by Threads. It's beyond helpful, it's invaluable. Also, since you'll be cutting your own binding w/o any pattern piece to go from, check out the link on the same page regarding turtlenecks. It'll show you how to cut and quarter the binding, too.

My first attempt at a neck binding ended up in the trash...the second one (after I watched the video), was darned near perfect.

HTH!! Don't forget to post a review for us! :)

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Date: 10/1/07 8:15 AM

I recently bought a knit RTW and they had used lingeria elastic at the neck edge. It had been sewn on flat not pulled at all with the little loops peaking out.
May try that.

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Date: 10/1/07 5:48 PM

Was that a round neck? As I say the sewing shop owner recommended elastic for a round neck - but this is a V.

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Date: 10/1/07 6:30 PM

I've made several tee shirts with this neck treatment -- cute and quick. Cut the elastic about an inch shorter than the neckline and you'll be all set.

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