Wanting to sew with jersey but not sure where to start? Here’s my list of knit fabric sewing tips to help you get started.
Before you start
- Prewash all your fabric and don’t forget to add any trims into the wash that you’ll be using too.
- Use the smallest sized needle possible in preferably a stretch or ballpoint needle. Failing that, a universal needle would be fine too.
- Sharp fabric Scissors and a twin needle
- Magic tape for putting together PDF sewing patterns or making alterations
- Always use polyester thread – Polyester threads have a bit of stretch in them that natural fibre threads don’t have. Plus, polyester last much longer than other threads and are mildew resistant!
- Knits stretch, so you need a seam that allows for a bit of movement. You can either use a straight stitch or a zig zag stitch to sew a seam together. If you use a straight stitch, make sure that your stitch length is a little bit longer than usual and the tension is relaxed a little. When you feed the fabric through the machine, make sure you stretch it a little as it is stitched.
- If you use a zig zag stitch – play order tramadol ultram online around with the widths of the stitch. A wide zig zag is good for hemming but a narrower zig zag is better for sewing straight seams. It’s always worth trying out your stitching on a scrap of your fabric before starting so you can adjust the tension and appearance of the stitching.
- It’s also completely acceptable to vary your stitching for different seams i.e. a zig zag for the hem and a straight stitch for vertical seams.
- The great thing about Knit fabrics is that they don’t fray, so if you’re feeling particularly lazy you don’t have to finish the seam allowances off – you could just trim them down. However, if you do have access to an overlocker (or serger), why not overlock your seams for a lovely professional finish.
- Finally, when you’re finishing your hem – Zig zag or overlock (serge) the hem then use a twin needle to get a professional looking hem that looks as if you used a coverstitch .. Alternatively if you have a coverstitch, you could just use that too!