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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > attaching a t-shirt collar ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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MariaESchneider
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Date: 12/15/12 3:40 PM

I am trying to learn to sew with knits and one of my first projects was/is a t-shirt. Originally I planned to just tuck the collar under and sew a hem-like collar. Except I apparently cut too much of a neckline to do that well so now I am trying to attach a "quilt-like" border--basically the same edging I apply to finish a quilt. (Binding.) But the collar is rounded so it causes a "gathering" along the collar.

Any advice? Shorter pieces mean less gathering or do I just need to stretch it right?

Thanks.

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Date: 12/15/12 8:16 PM

Not sure if this will answer your question, but here's a video on the Threads magazine site about binding t-shirt necklines:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3839/video-a-neckline-binding-for-knits

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Date: 12/15/12 8:48 PM

This is one of the best tutorials ever! I always suggest bookmarking this and making it a favorite for all that those who struggle with neck bindings for knits.

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Date: 12/15/12 9:20 PM

I'm going to third this tutorial. This was how I learned to do them.

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Date: 12/16/12 9:30 AM

Awesome, awesome, awesome! This is exactly what I was hoping for! I love videos that walk me through. I need a ruler like hers too. I have other ones that I like for cutting and measuring other things, but that one looks like a great waistband/binder one.

I knew when I laid out the neckline that it would have to be stretched somehow, but darned if I could figure out how to do it. Her t-shirt looks like it's going to fit better than mine too...

Thanks, y'all!

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Date: 12/16/12 9:57 AM

Bindingknitthread

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Attaching a search term to make it easier to find a small group of threads on this topic.
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Thanks for a great question and a great answer.

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Date: 12/16/12 2:54 PM

It worked!!!! Yay! Sadly, the nicest thing about the t-shirt is the collar! I'll need to work on the rest of it...maybe she has more t-shirt advice. I'll have to look. I just cut an old t-shirt for the pattern and based it from that. It did okay, but I don't think I attached the sleeves very well. That is to say, they are firmly attached, but there was probably a smoother, better way!

Thanks again.

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Date: 3/6/13 7:21 PM

Bumping for question.

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Date: 3/6/13 7:40 PM

Just keep at it.

My first t shirt looked terrible but I kept getting better at making them.

Check out this thread for awesome t shirt sewing advice for beginners from our own Lynn Rowe.

Knit SewAlong

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