I am an easily scared person and I take very little risks in life. Apparently when I was a baby my parents never needed to block the stairs off because I wouldn’t go anywhere near the stairs. My idea of a risk is to not let the kettle completely boil before making tea sometimes if i’m impatient – I might end up with weak-ish tea! It’s a real risk!
So, sewing with a knit fabric from a self-drafted pattern is pretty much the equivalent of sewing sky-diving for me… sort of. Like, very well informed, planned out sky-diving over many days. I don’t know, I think this analogy is falling a little flat.
Anyway behold my metaphorical sky-diving result:
It’s beautiful and ohhhhhh-sooo-comfy. I’ve lived in this shirt for three days in a row. It’s so flattering and I have running out of words to describe my love for this shirt. I also loved sewing with knit! My pattern was not completely correct for fit but knit fabric just sort of fits itself and compensates. Anything that can do its own fitting is a godsend in my opinion.
However, getting neat, professional looking seams is a problem. I used a double needle which seems to be the preferred way to finish a seam but my machine was not made for double needles and there were serious tension issues going on with the second thread. Lots of thread snapping. Boooo. Then I decided to use the stretch stitch function on my machine which is supposed to mimic a straight stitch, but I found it to look messy. Double boooooo. I haven’t really found any good options for hemming, so I think I may just hem with zigzag. A good, neat zigzag is better than a messy stretch stitch in my opinion.
Overall though I found sewing knits to be a really great experience. It’s really just like sewing with woven fabric but with zigzag instead of a straight stitch. I think my machine deserves a lot of credit too though because it really just sewed the fabric itself – feeding it was so effortless.
So good job, sewing machine! Pat pat on the back!