How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics
If you tried before to sew stretch knit fabrics you know how to hard to do it with regular sewing machine. For quality sewing stretch fabric need use special sewing machines: the serger and coverstitch machine.
Many of us do not have such sewing machines at home. But many have zigzag stitch sewing machine which can also be used for sewing garments from stretch knit fabrics.
In this tutorial I'm going to take you through the super easy steps of sewing a t-shirt for men. At the same time, you can learn how to sew knit jersey fabric at home using regular sewing machine.
For tailoring of knitted garments, it is desirable to have a serger. But in any case, you can try to sew this t-shirt using only zigzag stitch sewing machine.
If you are ready to make your first t-shirt and you have 1 - 1.5 meters jersey knitted fabric, let's try!
At beginning you need to draft pattern. Then cut front and back pieces of t-shirt. For sewing this model t-shirt is needed the front part (with pocket), a back, two sleeves and neck binding part.
For this tutorial I've used an interlock fabric that is designed to sewing the t-shirts and ribbing fabric for the neckline. Only for pocket and the inserts on the shoulders I've used another fabric. You can reject this decoration.
This photo shows how need to lay out the details of pattern on the fabric. Both edges of the fabric (width 150cm) you need fold in half to the central line. Laying out the pattern in this way is optimal.
I have at home special sewing machine for sewing a knitted fabric. But you can skip this step and just see how to use this coverstitch machine.
The shoulder seams you can sew together with straight stitch and after neaten this seam with zigzag stitches or using a serger.
Before start sewing the sleeves to the shoulders you should be to pin or baste them together, as shown.
Don't sew these seams using only zigzag stitch. At first you need sew it with straight stitch and later neaten this seam with zigzag stitches.
If you have a serger sew it without straight stitch, using an overlocker seam only.
Therefore I'm using overlock only without making a single straight line on usual sewing machine.
So looks a flat seam that can make a coverstitch machine. I decided to make a flat cover stitch on the face side of t-shirt, as a decorative element.
This is the place for the pocket on the front left part t-shirt.
The pocket is made. But I recommend not make this detail if you not have a skill for sewing knits.
Before you start stitching these seams you must to pin it.
It is time to sew together the sides of t-shirt with one seam using a serger only.
It remains to make a few more steps and your t-shirt will be completely sewn.
First, you need cut the neckband from same fabric.
Now it's time to add the neckband around the neckline.
Connect the sides of neckband along both edges with seam allowance 1-1.5cm, using a straight stitch or serger only.
Now it's time to add the neckband around the neckline t-shirt.
This seam you need do without straight stitches. Use a zigzag stitch or serger only.
Don't sew these edges of neckline with straight stitch because they not can provide stretching a neckline hole. Threads of straight stitches may break in this area during dressing.
Now you need fold your hem around waistline and sleeves and pin or baste them.
After you've pressed up hem you should make last step sewing of your t-shirt from knit fabric.
All that's left is to hem the bottom of t-shirt.
Next hem the sleeves, as shown.
Tips: When you will hem any knits fabrics you can use a double needle.
Now your t-shirt from knit fabric is ready.
This tutorial has only basic knowledge on how to sew stretch and knit fabric at home. For all of you I suggest to buy a detailed PDF tutorial with pattern. You will learn how to sew t-shirt with many quality photos and pro comments.
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For quality sewing any stretch fabrics is needed use special sewing machines: a serger sewing machine, the coverstitch machine. All steps of sewing knit garments can be done with a 3-thread or 4-thread serger stitch. See also: How to hem knit fabric with a serger.
The coverstitch machine use does not necessarily. This sewing machine needed only for hemming.
Tips: If you want sew without problem on any sewing machine you need use special needles designed for knits.
Not all sewing machines can sew knitted fabrics without problems. It is primarily concerned with the owners of old models of sewing machines. In any cases I recommend read your manual where should be specific information.
Be sure to make tentative steps before you start to sew T-shirt from knit fabric.
Most modern sewing machines have ability to sew the stretch and knit fabrics very quality.
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