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« on: January 20, 2013 12:05:56 PM »

Wellllll these didnt turn out quite as I hoped they would. I just did the the "trace a pattern, cut around, and stitch and turn." I'll still use them, stash them in my car for those extra snowy days when my fingerless mitts just wont cut it. They should be able to pull on right over.

Any tips on how to make the edges not so wonky next time would be greatly appreciated. Smiley

Thanks for looking. Smiley

« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013 03:01:36 PM »

Was this from a wool sweater?  If so, you might be able to wet them slightly and felt them to the shape of your hands so they aren't as lumpy.

« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013 08:25:14 PM »

Yeah it was a wool sweater. Just wet them and shape them with hands or...?

« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013 09:49:47 PM »

I'm thinking it may have had to do with your needle. Was it sewn on the machine? If you use a ball point needle (not sure if that's the official term) then it won't pull so tight and "ruffle" the edges. I'm sure they'll keep your hands nice and warm no matter what though!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2013 06:42:29 PM »

did you use a serger or sewing machine? often times on a serger, you can change the differential to accommodate a knit, and prevent puckering like that. it might be worth your time to either: needle felt the edges together and then remove the stitching, or change the tension and needle and stitch length on your sewing machine using a scrap of the sweater, and then re-sew the seams. 

« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2013 08:16:57 PM »

Just used my sewing machine. I straight stitched around the edge and then zig zag stitched after that. It is my first time working with a knit type material so Im not surprised it turned out wonky. Undecided

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2013 12:32:53 PM »

I actually like the wonkiness! But maybe I'm just weird like that, lol. If anyone ever stole them you would be able to point them out for sure! Wink

I think you did a great job, functional and unique! Smiley

I have been working with stretchy and thick material (sweaters, I am making a sweater coat) and I broke 5-6 needles on my Serger (I finally realized the material is too thick and stretchy for the Serger) but I did fine with it on the Sewing Machine by adjusting the thread tension.
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013 07:40:28 PM »

Yeah, wet them then wear them around the house while they dry.  The more friction you provide while they are wet, the better the fibers will lock together and form to your hands.  Or, go outside and wear them during a snowball fight. Cheesy

« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013 09:00:48 PM »

Thanks for the tips!

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