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Tips for KNITS
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My favorite store-bought dress is made out of knit fabric with an empire waist that hangs beautifully over my curves. I feel like I should be able to replicate this relatively simple design, however,…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosemary Aug 6, 2011.

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Rosemary replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"For thread breaks have you changed the needle recently to a new (ball point)one? also try totally re threading the machine. Trouble shooting breaking threads  I found this site through my quilting activities on line and the information is all…"
Aug 6, 2011
Anne Barnes replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"I keep rereading this thread for moral support. I am so close to giving up on my latest project- I keep having the thread break about every 5 inches or so. The bodice on my dress is complete, but with the 5 inch issue, I am dreading sewing the skirt…"
Jul 29, 2011
Laurel Jorgensen replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"I sewed with knits a lot in college, but my stitching wasn't quite right back then - a lot of the stitches have broken where I've stretched the item over or around something, and I've got holes along the seamlines because I…"
Jun 6, 2011
Amy Stanton replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"I summarized some of my thoughts on sewing with knits here:   http://www.quixoticpixels.com/blog/2011/05/sewing-with-knits/   I hope that helps! Knits are great."
Jun 6, 2011
Amy O Rizzo replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"Thanks, everyone, for the amazing wealth of advice! I can't wait to get started. I'm going to post a "cheat sheet" next to my sewing machine with all your good ideas. :)"
Jun 6, 2011
Katelyn replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"I sew a lot of knits without an overlocker, so it's definitely not necessary.  A couple of tips to add to the discussion: It can sometimes be difficult to avoid "lettuce" edge on your seams (this is where you get some…"
Jun 6, 2011
oonaballoona commented on Amy O Rizzo's photo
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blue kitty dress

"dying over here."
Jun 6, 2011
Edda Lind replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"I am working on my first knit dress right now. I had been putting off sewing with knits for a really long time because I had heard they were really hard to work with. So I was pleasantly surprised when I started making my dress and the fabric…"
Jun 4, 2011
Tanit-Isis replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"How knits are to work with varies a lot depending on the knit. Some are sturdy and really easy to work with, others are slippery or wriggly and can be a pain in the butt. Doubleknit with a bit of lycra is my favourite in terms of workability, but it…"
Jun 4, 2011
Cathe replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"Amy,   Correction it's not a slightly longer stitch it's a very slight zig zag! My old brain works intermittently!   cj"
Jun 4, 2011
Trish Blair commented on Amy O Rizzo's photo
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"gorgeous fabric!"
Jun 3, 2011
Cathe replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"I too have never used a serger on knit although it seems like a natural.   I was taught to enlarge my stitch length just a little to accommodate the stretch of the fabric. If you do a little test, by pulling the fabric to see if the stitch…"
Jun 3, 2011
camomma replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"Walking Foot Walking Foot Walking Foot Ball point needle Sew with a tissue paper/newspaper under the knit fabric to stop it from getting pulled. People also say to use crooked zig-zag stitch for stretchability, but it never worked well for me. I…"
Jun 3, 2011
camomma commented on Amy O Rizzo's photo
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"Beautiful! I have seen so many gorgeous dresses with this pattern, gotta try this one of these days."
Jun 3, 2011
Amy O Rizzo replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"Jen O - Thank you! Just before I read your reply, I also found a video on UTube about sewing w/o an overlocker. (She mentioned the type of needle too) Thanks very much for the advice about how to measure the stretch. I wouldn't have thought of…"
Jun 3, 2011
Jen O replied to Amy O Rizzo's discussion Tips for KNITS
"I have sewn knits without an overlock or serger machine--these machines bind the edge, but often don't add any stretch, so don't feel you can't sew knits with your regular machine.  To starts, DO get ball point sewing machine…"
Jun 3, 2011

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