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fallencupid
« on: October 11, 2007 09:14:25 AM »

I'm coming to the end of my knitting project and will need to sew the seams soon. I am not the best hand sewer out there, and it's even worse when I try and sew my knitted projects with yarn. Are there any really good websites that tell you how to sew knitted pieces together? I've tried it myself before and mine looks like a 3 years old who was hyped up on sugar had sewn it. I've reuined a project before by sewing so badly--I do not want to ruin this project I am currently doing. Please help! Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007 09:22:48 AM »

KnittingHelp has a few tutorials in the middle of this page:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php

I've found the book The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman to be really helpful - it's short and focuses ONLY on sewing-up types of things, so it's pretty easy to get to the section you want.  Her instructions are really clear - I used it last night to help me sew up shoulder seams and they came out WAY nicer than I imagined!  I was able to find it at my public library, so I just go check it out whenever I want to refer to something.  But even if you can't get it somewhere free, I'd say it's a good investment if finishing is something that gives you trouble!  Good luck with the seams!
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007 09:27:44 AM »

If you have a sewing machine you could try running it through that.  All you need to do is put wax paper on the outside of you knitting so the feet on the machine doesn't shred it.  When your seam is done, gently (i can't stress that enough) pull off the wax paper.

If not, I second www.knittinghelp.co m and look for the video on mattress stitching.  It's free and just as good as paying for someone to teach you.  
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007 11:08:17 AM »

Machine sewing a knitted project doesn't have the same give as if you sew it with yarn.
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fallencupid
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007 11:12:36 AM »

KnittingHelp has a few tutorials in the middle of this page:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php

I've found the book The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman to be really helpful - it's short and focuses ONLY on sewing-up types of things, so it's pretty easy to get to the section you want.  Her instructions are really clear - I used it last night to help me sew up shoulder seams and they came out WAY nicer than I imagined!  I was able to find it at my public library, so I just go check it out whenever I want to refer to something.  But even if you can't get it somewhere free, I'd say it's a good investment if finishing is something that gives you trouble!  Good luck with the seams!

I saw that book too and flipped thru it momentarily. It looked pretty good. I totally forgot about it until you mentioned something. The town I live in is rather small so I don't think it will be at the library (unfortunately), but I'll have to look into purchasing it then. Thanks everyone for the info!  Smiley
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mmdm
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2007 08:46:28 AM »

You should try mattress stitch, instead of a regular sewing stitch, for knits. It's very neat, and not hard to do. There's a knitty article on it (with other sewing up tips) here -
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html
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Jints
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2007 12:37:45 PM »

Yes, I second Mattress stitch. It's great and easy, as mmdm said. 
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