Put in your ball point needle; today we are going to sew!
If you are brand new to knits, or are using an unfamiliar fabric, I highly suggest practicing on some scraps before you begin.
If you are using a sewing machine, the preferred stitch looks something like this: Most machines will have it, and it is sometimes called the ‘lightning bolt’ stitch – on this machine it is #03.
If your machine does not, try using a small to medium zigzag. Basically, you need a stitch that will stretch with your fabric, otherwise your seams will pop. Have a walking foot? Now is a good time to put it on.
This is the the machine I sew on: a basic White that I got for my 12th birthday. See, no fancy machine (or clean sewing room!) required!
It doesn’t have the ‘lightning bolt’ so I use the smallest zig zag.
I have my walking foot on and my ballpoint needle in; all set!
Pin your front and back together at one shoulder seam, right sides together, and stitch with a 3/8″ seam allowance. If you used clear elastic to stabilize (read more about that yesterday), you’ll be stitching it in place at the same time. Done! That is it for today!
For serger users: you can use a 3 or 4 thread stitch. A 4 thread is more durable, but has a bit less stretch. I always use 4, and have never had any problems, but you can use a 3 thread stitch if you prefer. You may need to play with your serger settings to get a balanced stitch if you’ve only worked with wovens before. On my Brother 1034D, I keep the tensions at 4-4-4-4 and have no issues.
Since the seam allowance is 3/8″or 1cm, you will be cutting off a small amount, 1/8″, with your blade as you sew. No need to sew with your sewing machine first!
Right sides together, pin one of the shoulder seams together. Once you are practiced with knits, you can skip pinning, but for now it is a good idea 🙂 Be sure to take them out well before your serger blade though!
Sew up the one shoulder seam.
Your seam may have stretched out a wee bit. That is ok; give it a good blast with some steam from your iron and it should go right back to its proper shape.
You did it! This is what you should have now:
Tomorrow is where you will be challenged. I have chosen to teach you my favourite binding method: euro style binding. It is not the easiest, but it gives super professional results! See you back tomorrow!