Understanding Knit Fabrics View full class catalog
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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
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
Click on video below to see whats included in your kit
Class is a combination of PDF downloads and message boards where you can interact with other students and the instructor.
Listed below are the video titles you'll have access to as soon as you register for this class.
- Determining if a knit contains spandex
- Assessing knit fabrics
- Checking stitches for holes
- Seam allowances when constructing with a serger
- Machine basting with a zigzag stitch
- Getting a neck binding to lay flat
- Amount of stretch in 3-thread and 4-thread serger stitches
- Taking out serger threads
- Avoiding broken stitches using a straight-stitch machine
- Getting more stretch out of a zigzag stitch
- Reducing the pressure on the presser foot
- Graining knit fabrics
- Sewing buttonholes in knits
- "Stretch" stitches vs. zigzag stitch on a conventional machine
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Instructor: Sarah Veblen
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