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Topic: Sewing T-shirt neckbands with a sewing machine.  (Read 398 times)
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Miss Lou Lou
« on: May 14, 2008 06:18:03 AM »

I'm sewing a basic t-shirt (from scratch for the first time) and I'm a bit unsure about sewing the neckband (i think that's what you'd call it). I'm using a sewing machine not an overlocker and I'm not sure if I should use a zig-zag stich on the neckband. I assume I would but wonder if this will look odd. I figured I'd ask (even though it's probably a dumb question) because I know someone here will be able to answer. Cheers.
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2008 06:41:56 AM »

You need to be using a strech stitch. Most machines with lots of stitch options have a handful of strech stitches, check your manual for exactly what your machine does. I'd practice on a scrap first to see which one works best for you.
Miss Lou Lou
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008 06:44:39 AM »

I've used a zig-zag stich for the rest of the shirt which stretches well, so I should use the same stitch for the neck?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008 09:58:12 AM »

so far so good- keep on trucking then Smiley This falls under the category "don't fix it if it ain't broke"

You might have inadvertently selected a strech stich, or you were all set tension wise for your regular zig zag do work.
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008 10:46:47 AM »

Nothing to add stitchwise - I agree with Penlowe - if it aint broke don't fix it.

I do have a couple of links to good tutes I thought I'd add though.

Threads magazine has a video that shows how to bind a T-shirt neckline. Burda style has a photo tutorial that show how to do the neckline.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2008 10:48:29 AM by elijor » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Miss Lou Lou
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2008 02:30:39 AM »

Thank you both for your help. And thanks heaps for the tutorials, they are great!
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