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« on: November 07, 2007 06:40:39 AM »

One of my projects is baby legwarmers...there is a tutorial if anyone wants to see, they are really cute! But anyways, basically what it involves is taking a pair of tube socks, and cutting off the foot part, and turning that foot into a cuff, and then sewing it on the end of the tube. I've been playing around with different ways but I can't seem to get the result I want...The end gets too stretched out or it puckers around the end that I'm sewing.

I want the end to be tight, if that makes sense...because it's supposed to be a cuff. But I don't want it to pucker. I have a serger...does anyone have a suggestion for a good stich?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007 06:43:31 AM »

I don't have a serger, so I'm not sure if it would have this stitch, but on my Kenmore, my favorite stitch for stretch fabric is a three-step zig-zag (instead of just going side to side, it take three small stitches in each direction).  It tends not to distort the fabric. 

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2007 06:18:53 PM »

I think a small zigzag would do, or the 3 step zigzag would be nice too if your machine has one.  What really gives a nice finish on knits is a twin needle - the result looks just like the hems you see on RTW T-shirts.  The trick is not to stretch the fabric when you are sewing it -- this is much easier said than done!  With very stretchy fabrics you might need something to stabilize it while you sew it -- I've heard of everything being used from tissue paper, toilet paper, notebook paper, or the proper stabilizer stuff they sell at the fabric store (water soluble or tear-away).

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