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« on: January 08, 2012 03:52:14 PM »

I have been reconstructing clothing for the last 6 yrs or so. In that time I have never had to add long sleeves to a t-shirt. I did it the other day for the first time and I feel It could have went better. I had a band shirt that i could no longer wear due to the sleeves being too tight. I cut them off and added sleeves from a long sleeved shirt to it. It was a lot harder than I expected and I was wondering if there was a trick that maybe i didn't know about. I did a simple straight stitch and used the free arm on my machine. any suggestions would be great....sorry for the lack of pics this is only my 2nd topic post on the site

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012 12:37:50 AM »

It's a little bit hard to work out what  you did without pictures.

Usually when attaching sleeves on knitwear (t-shirt included) you use an overlocker/serger and you attach the sleeve to the body around the armhole first and then close up the sleeve seam afterwards.

Try pinning it into place before sewing - mark the top of the sleeve head and pin it to the shoulder seam on the t-shirt, and then pin around the rest of the armhole, then sew it.

 As you are using parts from different t-shirts they aren't necessarily made to fit eachother and so the sleeve may be too big for the armhole (if that makes sense). If you find that's the case, then you can always trim it along the sleeve seam to make it fit better.

ok, hope that helps.
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