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« on: January 08, 2008 07:49:10 PM »

I've lost weight while knitting Berroco's Nanette and now the torso is Waaay too wide. Is it possible to machine sew the side seams and trim the excess without it falling apart? Any other suggestions? Thanks, knitters!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008 07:57:58 PM »

i don't have an answer for you, but have wondered if this'd work, too... so i look forward to anyone who knows Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008 08:27:14 PM »

Yep, just stitch up the side seams multiple times until you think it will stay or until you get bored. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008 08:27:42 PM »

can you cut the excess yarn, then? (awesome name, btw.)
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2008 08:34:15 PM »

What stitch would you recommend? zig zag?
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008 08:39:28 PM »

Thats what I'd use, don't stretch the sweater when your sewing, and yes you can cut off leftover yarn
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008 12:30:50 AM »

I won't say this is not possible (especially since the consensus is that it is!) but do be really careful. Like knit up a swatch first, seam and cut it, and see? Or sew the new seam just an inch or so in and see if you like it, cut it and then see if you like it... keep a little safety net. How long did it take you to knit the thing? Worth a few extra minutes to make sure that it won't end in disaster?

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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2008 04:51:30 PM »

If you could get your hands on an overlocker/serger that would make it easier as it would sew the edge and trim it for you all in one.  The only problem with that is that if you made a mistake and made it too small you would not be able to fix it at all....

it would end up similar to some of the commercial knits that are finished this way (the ones with the "bad" seams that you cannot unravel to recycle the yarn)

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2008 02:41:33 AM »

Yes, it's possible. ChicKnits has a nice tutorial for this.
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2008 06:36:04 AM »

A serger is definitely the way to go if you can. If you can't get your hands on one, use a zigzag stitch about three times. Then make a safety stitch 1/4" away from the zigzags on the seam allowance side (the side where the extra knit is that would normally be cut off). Trim 1/4" away from that and you should be good!
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