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Topic: HAnd sewing stretch/jersey/knit fabric...help please  (Read 19464 times)
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« on: March 14, 2010 03:46:45 PM »

I only hand sew because I dont have a machine...I have the cutest piece of stretchy cotton fabric and want to make a little toddler dress...I often make small garments by hand but have only sewn cotton with no stretch....everytime I google hemming stretch fabric all it says is to use an overlocker! Any advice or which stitch to use please?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2010 03:27:45 PM »

By now you've probably gone and sewn the dress anyway, but...

You can duplicate a machine stretch stitch; instead of making your normal straight stitches, set each little stitch on a slight angle.   For example:

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You don't need an overlocker to sew, and you certainly don't need it with stretch knits.  If you leave the edges raw you may find they curl up but you can always bind them with blanket stitch or bias tape.


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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010 12:19:25 PM »

When using a machine, ball point needles are suggested. THese are also available in hand sewing needles.As in the last post making the stiches slightly slanted, either
//////\/\/\/\/\ not as slanted as the type shows. Just a gentle slant, it gives a more relaxed seam which can stretch with the garmet.
Also stretch the seam SLIGHTLY as you sew. This allows for movement.
Then simply enjoy!!
You might talk about your love of sewing. Once I was with a group of women and I mentioned my frustration that my sewing machine had died, and it was in the middle of a project. I recieved several offers of machines to use. Even keep.
Seems several of the woman had been given machines by husbands, or worse Mother in Laws and they did not like to sew AT ALL>
There is probably a machine near you waiting for a good home. I hope so.

magic happens
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2010 08:41:59 AM »

Re Machine - I once put an advert in Freecycle for a sewing machine for my son's girlfriend,  Within half an hour we had an offer of an old machine - not touched for 20 years and not known whether working or not.  Within the hour it was collected - brought here.... cleaned / threaded / worked perfectly !! It was clearly a machine from the '70s and only basic.  But so what - it was free and it worked !

Try it.....
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