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Topic: My surplice-front, black & silver knit birthday wrap dress!  (Read 6513 times)
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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2006 11:03:36 AM »

These aren't dumb questions at all - you'll never learn anything if you don't ask! Smiley

absolutely cute as a button with personality...  let me ask a *dumb* question though-- when sewing with knit fabrics does one need to use a serger?    cause i sure as sh*t don't own one!
Nope, you don't need a serger (I'm proof, I don't have one!!). A serger will just neaten up the fabric edges, which you can finish with pinking shears or a zigzag stitch over the edge if you've just got a regular machine. I can't be bothered with the latter, so it's just my trusty ol' pinking shears for me.

I will add to your *dumb* question Gretchen28!  Is there any tricks to sewing with knit fabrics?  Because I bought the pattern and am going to try it out, but I just had a flashback of sewing with jersey, - it was a horrible scrunchy mess.  I think I pulled on it too much.   
Yes, there are tricks, and believe me, I've had my own special horror with stretchy fabrics before someone told me:

1) Use a narrow zigzag stitch everywhere where you'd normally use a straight stitch. This allows the stitching to stretch with the fabric and not break
2) DO NOT STRETCH THE FABRIC AS YOU SEW! This is a great way to get horrible puckers when the fabric isn't stretched.

And, umm, that's about it. Burda World of Fashion magazine always has a little corner in the instructions area talking about stretchy fabrics if you want particulars (like using twill tape on shoulder seams, reinforcing zipper, etc) but if you follow the two tips above you'll be sewing stretchies like a champ in no time!

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