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Understanding Knit Fabrics
Instructor: Sarah Veblen
Sarah Veblen

There's no mystery why knit garments are so popular. They are extremely comfortable to wear, tend not to wrinkle, and are easily laundered. Plus, they're easier to fit than wovens.

With an increasing variety of knit fabrics available, lots of sewers find knits irresistible. The irony is that those simple knit garments can actually be quite frustrating to make if you're not accustomed to working with knits.

This class will teach you to:

  • identify different knit types
  • accurately gauge the amount of give/stretch of any knit fabric
  • understand the relationship between knit type and sizing of garments
  • predict how spandex further affects fit
  • select the best sewing machine needle for any type of knit
  • select appropriate threads
  • determine when to use a serger and when to use a straight-stitch machine
  • determine the best serger stitch and threading configuration
  • get good results when using a straight-stitch machine
Once you've learned these basics, and develop a feel for the different types of knit fabrics and how they behave, the world of knits will be yours to explore with confidence. And that's when you'll discover how fast it is to make most knit garments -- and how forgiving knits are to work with.

Kit is required for this class which contains the following:

  • swatches of 18 different knit fabrics
  • 3/8 yard of interlock
  • 3/8 yard of rib knit
  • one 12" x 12" sample of jersey with spandex
  • two 75/11 stretch sewing machine needles
  • two 80/12 ball point sewing machine needles
  • one half-scale t-shirt pattern

Class is a combination of PDF downloads, boards and Interactive real time chat sessions with the instructors. NOW WITH VIDEO!
Listed below are the video titles you'll have access to as soon as you register for this class.

  1. Determining if a knit contains spandex
  2. Assessing knit fabrics
  3. Checking stitches for holes
  4. Seam allowances when constructing with a serger
  5. Machine basting with a zigzag stitch
  6. Getting a neck binding to lay flat
  7. Amount of stretch in 3-thread and 4-thread serger stitches
  8. Taking out serger threads
  9. Avoiding broken stitches using a straight-stitch machine
  10. Getting more stretch out of a zigzag stitch
  11. Reducing the pressure on the presser foot
  12. Graining knit fabrics
  13. Sewing buttonholes in knits
  14. "Stretch" stitches vs. zigzag stitch on a conventional machine
Starts on: Add to your outlook calendar First Chat-Mon 2/24/14 8:00 PM*
Add to your outlook calendar Final Chat-Mon 3/3/14 8:00 PM*
ClassRoom closes a week after the final chat
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