Sewing with Knits

Sewing with Knits

My mom and I took a knit class at Sewn Studio on Wednesday.  We used the Fishsticks Charlie Tee pattern.  I decided to make a 4T shirt with my niece in mind.  Jessica taught the class, which always makes it enjoyable.  She has such a calm demeanor and never panics, even when half of your garment is somehow entwined into the dark crevices of  your machine. She also never makes us feel bad when we are still sewing  hours after the class ends.  I would equate it to a handicap in golf.  Whatever time the class is supposed to end, we should always at at least an hour + to it.  Sorry ladies!  Hopefully our sewing game will pick up soon.

I have never worked with knits before this class, but I loved the idea of them.  If I think of all of the clothes that I refer to as “comfy” and they are inevitably made of knit.

Here are some things I learned:

1. There is no such thing as too many pins.  Knits will shift like whoa when working with them so it’s really important to hold your seams in place, ninja style.DSC043632. Use Freezer Paper to trace your pattern and iron the pattern directly onto the knit (shiny side down); This will prevent shifting while you are cutting.  *Whoever figured out that you can iron Freezer paper onto fabric is a genius.DSC043583. Backstitching can cause some serious gobbed-up messiness.  I don’t have a picture of this because I was too busy trying to carefully pry the knit out of my bobbin while whispering sweet nothings to it, hoping that would help.  A few seam rips later brought me to the conclusion that I should ignore backstitching until it was absolutely necessary. Probably not the correct advice, but it worked for me.  Even the tried and true “sew really fast until you get over the hump” failed me.

4. Double needles are like magic and make neat double hems. “Double your pleasure, double your fun.” (sorry, had to)  I was picturing the Doublemint girls riding a tandem bike in matching green outfits as i was writing this.   Doubleneedles are pretty much as fun as that would be. DSC04368

5. Working with knits isn’t too scary and turns into really cute shirts for minis.  I think the only thing missing is a turquoise pocket.  Might have to add that later.

I used Riley Blake’s Knit Line for my shirt which I found at Hawthorne Fabrics.  It’s incredibly soft and perfect for a tee.

My next step is to make a maxi skirt/dress for myself.  I have some Girl Charlee knits in mind for these.  DSC04366Sidenote: I wore my Boho Dress to class that I made last week.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I’ll blog more about that soon and will try to take pictures that don’t cause the dress to morph into the background. DSC04370

2 Comments
  • Jessica
    Posted at 01:17h, 25 September Reply

    This is the sweetest EVER! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that you learned things in my class. Never stop taking my classes, Susie too, K? I’m gonna post this on my fb page now, and then go catch up on the rest of your posts… 🙂

  • Parisian Top by Pattern Anthology » Little Luvins
    Posted at 12:39h, 07 April Reply

    […] try to shop local, but if I can’t find it at Sewn, this is my go-to. I’ve taken a few classes about knits at Sewn Studio, which ended up coming in handy.  Jessica has given me some great tips […]

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