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Old 07-25-2008, 06:47 AM   #1
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interlock on a regular sewing machine

Anyone have any tips for sewing with interlock wool on a regular machine? I've never sewn with knits before and I'm planning on making some longies for my son, but I've heard it can be a challenge. Maybe a specific needle or foot makes it a little easier?

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Old 07-25-2008, 07:00 AM   #2
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Re: interlock on a regular sewing machine

its simple enough

i use a zigzag stitch and foot

and I drop the pressure on the foot so the feed dogs don't pull the fabric too much

some use a ball point needle,...but i don't and haven't had any issues...

interlock won't ravel, so you don't even need to overcast the raw edges...just pin and sew
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:53 AM   #3
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Re: interlock on a regular sewing machine

I like to use a narrow zigzag. It builds stretch into the stitch, so the seams don't pop when the clothing is worn. You can also hem everything with the narrow zigzag. I use a 1 or 1.5 width with a stitch length of 2 or 2.5. I run quick samples on my scraps to see what works best with the fabric I'm using.

Some knits shred when you stitch them with a regular needle. There's no way to tell ahead of time if this is going to happen, because it doesn't really show up until the fabric's been washed a few times. I made the cutest t-shirt for my daughter using a universal needle and every seam developed these terrible little pinholes after she'd worn it and fallen in love with it. Now I'm careful to always use ballpoint on my knits.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:29 AM   #4
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I agree with other post. Most newer machines have a stretch stitch on them. Even though I have one on my machine I still use the zigzag stitch.
Take the time to change to ball point needles. By using a ball point you "separate" the treads of the fabric as you sew. With regular needles you are tearing the treads of the fabric. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:13 AM   #5
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