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midwifemamma
« on: August 05, 2007 12:45:50 PM »

I've been really spoiled by always making seamless sweaters, but I'm trying to branch out and currently have 3 baby sweaters OTN that all just need seaming.  Do I seam up the sleeves and then attach the sleeves to the sweater or the other way around?  I've redone two of the sleeves several times and just continue to get a bit of a pucker that is driving me crazy.  Is there a good resource for me to use to learn to put sweaters together???
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 12:53:14 PM »

Usually it's seam the flat sleeve piece to the body first.
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Riki
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007 10:17:22 PM »

Generally, most patterns are written to be done similar to sewing the same garment - So, you would sew the shoulder seams and the side seams and the sleeve seam and then attach the sleeve to the garment.

Most cloth patterns have some ease in the top to make it fit better/more comfortably and I have found that most of my knitted sleeves are the same way. So determine the center top of your sleeve and pin it to the shoulder seam and the bottom center of the sleeve (and using the seam for the body as the center), pin it to the bottom center of the body of the knitted garment and then ease the remainder of the sleeve in between those two pins, pinning as you go. Then sew your seam.

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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2007 12:52:12 AM »

Generally, most patterns are written to be done similar to sewing the same garment - So, you would sew the shoulder seams and the side seams and the sleeve seam and then attach the sleeve to the garment.

Huh, that's exactly the opposite of what I was going to say. Most patterns have you sew the shoulder seams, then sew the sleeve into the armhole. Then you seam from wrist all the way down the arm, down the side, and end at the bottom of the sweater.

You can do it any way that it's easier for you, of course, but it's a lot harder to get your hands and needle in the right place if you've already sewn the sleeve into a tube when you're trying to connect it to the armhole. **two cents**  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007 05:52:19 PM »

Generally, most patterns are written to be done similar to sewing the same garment - So, you would sew the shoulder seams and the side seams and the sleeve seam and then attach the sleeve to the garment.

Huh, that's exactly the opposite of what I was going to say. Most patterns have you sew the shoulder seams, then sew the sleeve into the armhole. Then you seam from wrist all the way down the arm, down the side, and end at the bottom of the sweater.


Well, I had the feeling I come from another era and that confirms it! When I was sewing my own clothes in my younger years - and as taught by both my mom and my home ec teacher - it was the way I described and it was done that way in order to ease the sleeve in properly. And all the patterns were written to have you do it that way. Yes, it made the sleeve one of the most difficult parts of the dress/blouse to do, that's true, but I do believe the fit was better! When I did start doing it the way you mentioned - it was only for sleeves without easing and they never did fit as well. (I'm very lazy and changed for the same reason you mentioned ... it's easier!) So interesting seeing how things change over the years!
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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007 07:30:38 PM »

I don't doubt you. On the other hand, I've been knitting for many years and have never seen a single pattern that describes putting in a sleeve that way (not even in very old knitting books). That's what lead me to believe that the flat way is much, much more common.

I've tried it, actually, but it's a huge pain in the butt because once the arm is circular, you can't get your fingers in on the wrong side to seam it easily. It's still just as possible to ease the sleeve to the rounded armhole if done flat, so I guess it's just a matter of personal preference.

Just my two cents' worth...
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Riki
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2007 08:49:26 PM »

Again - another era! My old knitting patterns (dating about 30 years ago) say to do all seaming and then put the sleeve in ...

But - I agree 100% - whatever works for each individual person is the best way to go! We don't want to make things difficult or it will deter them from trying anything new!
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