August TSNEM – Sewing With Knits

August TSNEM - Sewing With Knits
I’ve been really proud that I’ve managed to try something every month so far, though this one was a close call. I got the email from Stephanie at Swoodson Says asking for my link this month and I realized I hadn’t tried anything. I recently was given a really big piece of knit fabric and since I have never sewn with any knit fabric before, this was the perfect chance.

Stephanie has plenty of experience sewing with knits and she gave me a few tips and pointed me in the direction of this skirt tutorial from Delia Creates to try out.

August TSNEM - Sewing With Knits
August TSNEM - Sewing With Knits
My machine has a really nice overlock feature and this fancy foot to use. It worked really well but it was a lot slower than regular sewing. I assume that a real serger would be much quicker.

I wasn’t struck with an instant love for sewing with knits the way I did with sashiko and paper piecing. I ran into so many problems, many were caused by me not reading the instructions all the way through and getting ahead of myself, and some were just because knit is a lot different to work with than cotton.

August TSNEM - Sewing With Knits
The biggest issue I ran into was attaching the waistband to the skirt. As I was sewing, the gathering kept shifting and I ended up with a big bunch at the end. I did my best to just make do, but there are some awkward places. This one is for Evie and isn’t entirely done, it still needs a hem. I have all the pieces cut out for Mira to have a matching one, but I need a little bit of a breather before I attempt it again. I am excited though about the world of cute knit fabrics that have been opened to me…

Check out my past TSNEM posts –
FebruarySashiko Embroidery
AprilFoundation Paper Piecing
JuneLog Cabin Pillows
JulyKnowing When To Give Up

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