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Old 01-17-2011, 07:13 PM   #11
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:01 PM   #12
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I am so jealous! I have a TON of knit fabric and would LOVE to make dresses. I sewed with it one time and had such a difficult time I find it hard to try again. Maybe when I get a little better!
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:13 PM   #13
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I am so jealous! I have a TON of knit fabric and would LOVE to make dresses. I sewed with it one time and had such a difficult time I find it hard to try again. Maybe when I get a little better!
Knits can be tricky, especially stretchy knits.

My tips:
- If you use a serger, set your differential high to avoid stretching out the fabric.
- If you sew on just a sewing machine, a walking foot really helps.

Try sewing with your knits again! Start with your least favorite knits to practice on until you feel confident.
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Those are adorable! Off to check out your pattern!
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Re: Lots of Sunshine dresses!

The dresses are too cute! I'll have to check out your pattern. Any other tips on sewing with knits besides the one that you gave above? The knits that I have seem to be too thin, do you have to have a lining for them to be able to wear as a dress/shirt?
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The dresses are too cute! I'll have to check out your pattern. Any other tips on sewing with knits besides the one that you gave above? The knits that I have seem to be too thin, do you have to have a lining for them to be able to wear as a dress/shirt?
I guess the only other knit tip I know is to sew with a ball point needle, it slides through the fabric rather than piercing it (which could lead to holes along the seams). Otherwise, practice, practice, practice. Once you sew a few things with knits, you'll be much more confident! Also, some knits are easier to sew with, such as cotton interlock, which tends to not have so much stretch.

I guess if you have see-through-thin knit, you might want to pair it with something underneath. Otherwise, it's sometimes nice to have a a nice light-weight dress in one's wardrobe. She could always wear an undershirt/tanktop under it.
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The dresses are too cute! I'll have to check out your pattern. Any other tips on sewing with knits besides the one that you gave above? The knits that I have seem to be too thin, do you have to have a lining for them to be able to wear as a dress/shirt?
I guess the only other knit tip I know is to sew with a ball point needle, it slides through the fabric rather than piercing it (which could lead to holes along the seams). Otherwise, practice, practice, practice. Once you sew a few things with knits, you'll be much more confident! Also, some knits are easier to sew with, such as cotton interlock, which tends to not have so much stretch.

I guess if you have a see-through-thin knit, you might want to line it with something underneath. Otherwise, it's sometimes nice to have a light-weight dress in one's wardrobe. She could always wear an undershirt/tanktop under it.
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Beautiful dresses!! I so may have to check out that pattern and buy it.
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Thanks for the tips! I'm off to find a ballpoint needle
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