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Could someone recommend a good reference book for this?
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Date: 2/9/11 7:22 AM

Since my recent return to garment sewing I've realized that I'm creating things out of wovens but I really prefer wearing knits.

I was given a basic serger and my sewing machine has some stretch stitches. I used to whip out leggings and little girl swimsuits for my daughter (15 years ago) but I feel like I need more of the "tricks" for sewing knits.

I like the Taunton "Easy Guide to sewing..." series and wonder if the "Tops and T-shirts" would be a good all-around reference or, if not, what book might help me to get my finished products to look good inside and out.

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Date: 2/9/11 9:32 AM

I really like the "Easy Guide to Sewing Tops and T-Shirts,Skirts, and Pants" from Marcy Tilton for sewing with knits. I also like "Serger Secrets" from Rodale books. And if your serger is acting up, I like "The Ultimate Serger Answer Guide" from Krause publications.
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Date: 2/9/11 10:24 AM

Sew U Home Stretch: The Built By Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics by Wendy Mullin and Eviana Hartman

Tripped over this in a going out of business sale and flipped thru it. Knew instantly it was destined for DD's sewing library. She gained a new found courage to sew with knits and is happy to have it.

The book is nice because it has a hard cover but is wire bound so it will lay flat while you are working from it. DD uses a cookbook stand to hold it in an more upright & readable position while she is sewing.

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Date: 2/9/11 11:50 AM

Two books that I've found interesting and helpful are Christine Jonson's Life in the Little Black Dress + Other Stories (A Sewing with Knits How to Book) and Connie Long's Sewing with Knits.


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Date: 2/9/11 12:26 PM

I agree with Barbara, Connie Long's book is one of the better ones, as it is thorough and well-organized. I am working through it right now as I tackle some bamboo/spandex jersey with a mind of its own.
I also REALLY liked the Palmer/Plestch DVDs "Sewing with Sergers" - the clothes are outdated but the techniques are the same, and I found it so helpful to see what was being done.

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Date: 2/9/11 2:55 PM

Deepika wrote a great article in the current issue of Stitch Magazine about sewing knits.

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Date: 2/9/11 3:43 PM

Thanks, so far, everyone. I do like Connie Long's methods, of course her book is OOP and expensive but I ordered it from the library as well as the Sew U book and the Easy Guide to Tops and T-shirts. I, of course, always want the one that I can't have.

I didn't know about Stitch Magazine. I'll check it out.

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Date: 2/9/11 3:49 PM

I really liked Sarah Veblen's online class here at PR. She gives wonderful samples and her videos are very good.

I also picked up a few tips from the recent t-shirt webcast from Silhouette Patterns.

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Date: 2/9/11 8:11 PM

Not in the Easy guide series, but published by Taunton is Connie Long's great book on sewing knits. I don't remember the exact name. Also, go to Marcy Tilton's website and look at the great tips and instructions that Marcy has online. There's also a great video from her on fitting a knit t shirt. I don't remember if you can get to it from her website, but it's available through David paige Coffin's You Tube videos.

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Date: 2/9/11 8:14 PM

I didn't realize that Connie's book was out of print. Taunton has been reissuing the Easy series doubling up some of the books. It's a shame when some of the really excellent sewing books go out of print.

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