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Off to a Good Start - Knits on a Serger

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My preference is to use my serger for sewing knit fabrics. The four-thread, two needle overlock gives a secure, stretchy seam that is nicely finished.

Getting a seam started is often the biggest challenge. This is due to the fact that the presser foot tends to push the top layer while the feed dogs are pulling the bottom layer. The result can be a bunched up edge or uneven ends.

To prevent this from happening, I carefully line up the fabric edges and then wrap them in a scrap of water soluble stabilizer. (I save my water soluble stabilizer scraps in a plastic bag.) The stabilizer helps feed the fabric layers evenly. The result is a beautiful seam.

Carefully tear away the excess stabilizer, without pulling the stitches. Don't worry about any stabilizer caught in the stitches as this will disappear on the first washing of your garment.

Marking Notches on Knit Fabric

More and more I am enjoying sewing with knits using Jalie patterns. The patterns often have 1/4" seam allowances which are more accurate and appropriate for working with knits. But with such a small seam allowance marking notches can be a challenge.If I am working on a fine knit, sometimes a very tiny slit is [...]

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Quick & Easy Scarf

Not long ago I was chatting with a customer who was ordering sweater knit fabric. She wanted extra to make a scarf and this got me thinking.You see, I love the new sweater knits and have already sewn two Tees using Burda 6611. It is simple, fast, loose-fitting and comfortable. The openness of the scoop neckline [...]

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Tips for Online Ordering

Placing online orders can be confusing, especially if you are new to the process. Here are some helpful tips:Fabric Minimums and Quantities: The minimum amount you may order of any fabric is .25 metres. The system will only accept quantities in whole numbers beginning with 1 and up to the amount that is available for [...]

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Organize Your Projects

Sewing goes so much more smoothly when you are organized. It is challenging to keep projects under control with a hobby that involves so many components, but it can be done.Do what the professionals do and bundle your work. Roll the material rather than folding to prevent creases. Put pattern, instructions, material, notions and thread [...]

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Adding a Pocket to the Eleonore Pull-on Jean from Jalie

The Eleonore Pull-on Jean has been an extremely popular pattern with customers because it has the look of a jean with the ease of a pull-on.My very talented sewing friend Yvette Chilcott has sewn this pattern at least a dozen times and loves it. And she has figured out how to add a front pocket. [...]

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Fabric Pricing Survey Results

The recent survey asked respondents their preference regarding how fabric is to be priced and sold in the future. Here are the results.Priced and sold by the 1/2 metre: 19% said they prefer to have fabric priced and sold by the 1/2 metre.Priced and sold by the metre: 39% said they prefer to have fabric [...]

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Moto Me Extraordinaire: When Sumi-e Meets Moto Me

What happens when you give a talented seamstress a great pattern and incredible printed cotton? An extraordinary hooded jacket/coat that will turn heads and keep her cozy warm.The base pattern is the Moto Me motorcycle inspired jacket combined with the companion Moto Me Hood pattern. The jacket was also lengthened by seven inches.Sumi-e Strength Cotton Print comprises [...]

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Understanding Fabric Weight

Weight is an important component when it comes to choosing the right fabric for your project. While most patterns have suggestions that specify type of fabric; e.g. broadcloth, jersey, denim; they don’t always mention the fabric weight. Intuition often plays a big role in fabric choice. If you are sewing a blouse you instinctively look for [...]

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What is ITY?

Recently I was watching Brian Bailey on the Shopping Channel selling a lovely line of knit fashions.Brian Bailey is a Toronto-based Canadian designer of some renown and the host of the discontinued show Project Runway Canada. Like most designers he has had his ups and downs, but seems to have found a home for his [...]

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