A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Fanatic Friends of Craftster now have the ability to disable ads on Craftster! Read more here.
Total Members: 297,209
Currently Running With Scissors:
487 Guests and 18 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Finishing Knits on Sewing Machine?  (Read 1297 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
swellgirl
« on: November 17, 2005 07:06:51 AM »

My mother started knitting again after watching my sister & I pick up the habit.  She's been a seamstress for as long as I can remember.  When she finished knitting her first sweater, she said she was going to seam it with the sewing machine.  I remember thinking, "You can't do that!"  Obviously, it turned out fine and she didn't have the stress of mattress stitching the entire thing (something we both hate).  Now I'm wondering if that would be easier and less stressful.  I just finished a cabled cardigan for my son and I'm thinking about hitting the sewing machine for this one.

Anyone else do their finishing with a sewing machine or is it a big knitting No-No?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

8ball
Visit my blog!
Offline Offline

Posts: 241
Joined: 21-Dec-2004

View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2005 12:14:29 PM »

I admit, I've done it.  You're right.  If your seams don't end up too bulky, they're cleaner.  It's harder to undo tho.

Carie
THIS ROCKS   Logged

melidomi
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 1888
Joined: 28-Nov-2003

knit like the wind!


View Profile
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2005 08:21:50 PM »

The other problem is that it's harder to control how the pieces come together. 

If you do matress stitch really well, you can make the seams almost invisible.  The key is to get the tension right and to make sure you're using the right half of the stitch on both sides.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
fyberduck
the quacking fiber addict
Offline Offline

Posts: 1233
Joined: 21-Oct-2005

I reject your reality and substitute my own


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2005 10:00:08 PM »

Thank you for posting this!  I've always wondered if you could sew a sweater on a machine... and I haaate finishing sweaters.  I swear, I avoid completing the 2nd sleeve just so I won't have to finish the thing.  I want to try this now. 

I admit, I've done it.  You're right.  If your seams don't end up too bulky, they're cleaner.  It's harder to undo tho.

Carie

Is it easier if you loosen the tension on the bobbin and lead-thread?  Or maybe do a zag?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

the qfa:
unequivocally proving that knitting is not an intelligence test

Got a tape measurer?
humblestumble
Craftster enhances life.
Offline Offline

Posts: 1746
Joined: 08-Jan-2005

Retro crafty.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2005 01:00:10 AM »

you can definitely sew your knits with the sewing machine. some people do Steeks Shocked ...just a thought, but it must definitely keep it from unraveling
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.amschwengler.com

http://craftster.ourtoolbar.com <-- I made a Craftster toolbar for us obsessed Craftster members

"Takes 2 steps to get up and one to fall down."
rhiandmoi
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2005 11:52:54 AM »

You can use a sewing machine to finish your sweaters but you need to plan ahead to do this and knit in seam allowances. You can't just knit a pattern meant to be mattress stitched and sew it together using a machine. you will only lose a tiny bit at the seams, but it can affect the shape, drape, and fit of the final garment. But if you check the tension using your swatch (maybe do up 2 or 3 instead of 1) and use seam allowances and do it for less fitted garments it should be okay.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
eunnyjang
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2005 12:40:55 PM »

I don't really care for machine-seaming a knitted garment - it changes the whole way the fabric drapes and hangs.  Steeking is a different story...though I think those can be a bit awkward, too, since the machine sewing adds rigidity around the armhole and it's so hard to seam without slightly stretching the fabric.  Traditionally, steeks are done with no sewing at all.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

There will also be cocktail sauce.  -- Smoove B

See Eunny Knit!
humblestumble
Craftster enhances life.
Offline Offline

Posts: 1746
Joined: 08-Jan-2005

Retro crafty.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2005 12:44:00 PM »

Traditionally, steeks are done with no sewing at all.

Wow, I didn't know that....so brave!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.amschwengler.com

http://craftster.ourtoolbar.com <-- I made a Craftster toolbar for us obsessed Craftster members

"Takes 2 steps to get up and one to fall down."
8ball
Visit my blog!
Offline Offline

Posts: 241
Joined: 21-Dec-2004

View Profile WWW
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2005 07:41:07 AM »

For those of us not in the know, what is a steek?  Or steeking?

Thx!

Carie
THIS ROCKS   Logged

melidomi
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 1888
Joined: 28-Nov-2003

knit like the wind!


View Profile
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2005 08:21:52 AM »

Steeks are scary!  They're when you, for example, knit a sweater body in the round as a tube, then CUT the tube to make armholes.  Or to turn it into a cardigan.  There are various methods to stabilize the stitches on either side before making the cuts (including sewing with a machine, crochet, etc).  I understand that after making the cuts, one is supposed to have a couple of stiff drinks and/or lock yourself in a dark room to recover.  Steeks are a traditional part of Fair Isle and Scandinavian style stranded colorwork sweaters.  I haven't gotten my nerve up to try them yet.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Get A Gorgeous Smoky Eye for Prom!
Go Playful with Tropical Eyes and a Rosy Lip
Find Out What Rebecca Black Keeps in Her Beauty Bag
How to Get a Hello Kitty-Inspired Makeup Look
How to Get a Clear Pore-Free Complexion
Latest Blog Articles
Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Spice Latte
@Home This Weekend: DIY Drum Light
Tute Tuesday: Fleece Puppy Bed

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.