How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabric

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabric

If you tried to sew the stretch knit fabric you know how to hard to do it with regular sewing machine. For quality sewing stretch fabric need use special sewing machines: a serger and the coverstitch machine
. Many of us do not have such sewing machines at home. But many sewers have zigzag stitch sewing machine which can also be used to sewing stretch knit fabric.

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.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

For tailoring of knitted things, it is desirable to have a serger. But in any case, you can try to sew such t-shirt using a 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!

To begin with cutting very few pieces of pattern t-shirt. There are a front part (with pocket), a back, two sleeves, and neck binding.

For this tutorial I've used an interlock fabric for the t-shirt and ribbing for the neckline. Only pocket and the inserts on the shoulders I've used other fabric. You can reject this decoration.
This photo shows how to lay out the details of the pattern on the fabric. Both edges of the fabric (width 150cm) folded in half to the central line. Laying out the pattern in this way is optimal.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

I have a special sewing machine for sewing the knitted fabrics. But you can skip this step and just see how to use this coverstitch machine.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

The shoulder seams you can sew together straight stitch and neaten this seam with zigzag stitches.
Use default zigzag setting.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

When sewing a sleeve to the shoulder should be to pin them together.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Don't sew these seams using only zigzag stitch. First sew with straight stitch and neaten this seam with zigzag stitches.
I'm using overlock because i need only a single line.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

So looks a flat seam of the coverstitch machine. I decided to make a flat cover stitch on the face side t-shirt as a decorative element.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

This is the place for the pocket of t-shirt.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

The pocket is made.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Before you stitch down the seams you must to pin it.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

It is time to sew together the side seam using a serger.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

It remains to make a few more steps and your t-shirt will be completely sewn.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

First, you need to cut the neckband from your same fabric.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Now it's time to add the neckband around the neckline.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Connect the sides of neckband along the edges using a straight stitch or serger.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Now it's time to add the neckband around the neckline.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Use a zigzag stitch or serger only.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Don't sew these edges of neckline with straight stitch which not will provide stretch.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Now fold your hem around waistline and sleeves and pin it to hold.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

After you've pressed up your hem you should make last step of sewing your t-shirt.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

All that's left is to hem the bottom of t-shirt

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

and to hem the sleeves.
When hemming knits fabrics you can use a double needle.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Now your t-shirt is ready.

This tutorial has only basic knowledge how to sew stretch and knit fabric. For all of you I suggest to buy a detailed PDF tutorial and pattern how to sew t-shirt with many quality photos and pro comments.
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How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

For quality sewing stretch fabric need use special sewing machines: a serger sewing machine, the coverstitch machine. All steps easy can be done with a 3-thread or 4-thread serger stitch.
The coverstitch machine use does not necessarily. This sewing machine needed only for hemming.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

The best way to sew without problem use special needles designed for knits.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Not all sewing machines can sew knitted fabrics without problems. If you own an old sewing machine read your manual for specific instructions.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Be sure to make tentative steps before you start to sew T-shirt.

How to Sew Stretch and Knit Fabrics

Most modern sewing machines can to sew the stretch and knit fabric very quality.

English isn't my first language, so please excuse any mistakes and help correct them.
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