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mamafox
« on: August 20, 2007 01:51:19 PM »

Ok so I am a complete self taught sewing novice and I really want to make a dress from some knit shirts i have, ok so I have actually cut all the pieces and it ready to sew. the deal is, i dont know if I need to do anything special to sew on knit, t-shirt material.
I have a $20 singer i bought at a garage sale with the needle that was in when i bought it. It has sewn seeral things just fine. They were all mens shirts for cheytown's dress  Smiley
One was a womens and it had stretch so i dont know if that means it will be fine on stretchy knit too or what.
Thanks for any advise you can give me!
I have been so inspired and i just dont want to ruin this cute dress in my head!!
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cheytown
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007 08:17:41 PM »

i don't have much experience with this either, but i can tell you if your machine has a "stretch stitch," you should use that. (but given that you're asking this question, i'm guessing it doesn't have one.) otherwise, you should use a zigzag stitch. a plain straight stitch won't have enough give. also, i'm told you are supposed to use a "ballpoint" needle, though the one time i used one i didn't see much of a difference. oh, and try not the stretch the fabric as you're sewing. i think those are the basics.

good luck! can't wait to see your cute little dress!
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mamafox
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007 05:51:34 AM »

Thanks! ok so ill plan on using a zigzag stitch and i dont have a different needle, maybe ill test on some scraps and see how it goes..
Thanks again
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