One of my sewing goals this year is to sew more with knits. I have made one knit top in my entire sewing career (such that it is) and was firmly under the impression that I really needed a serger to make anything turn out well.
Not so, my friends. (Although, I still think I might want a serger…)
I read somewhere that you could sew a knit with a regular machine, no problem. So I did. I made a pajama top. And then when that top kept suffering from ripped seams I did some extensive research (hello, Google!) and read that a zigzag stitch is the best one to use when sewing on a regular machine with a stretchy knit. So back to the machine I went and zigzagged away, and so far so good.
So I decided it was time to expand my knit horizons and try to create something that I would wear out in public. (Brave, I know.)
And here is my finished knit masterpiece:
I used this pattern from Burdastyle.com and for $1, it was really a great pattern. (I do have to mention though, that unless you like piecing together large numbers of 8.5×11 sheets of paper like a giant puzzle it really is worth it to have it printed on a large printer.) I had a little trouble with stretching at the neckline, but other than that I love this shirt and am definitely going to make more! There are also lots of great variations of this top posted on the website. I think next time I will make mine with a higher neckline and then maybe try one as a hoodie?
Anyone else out there sewing with knits? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?