Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my Red Stripe Tiramisu! I think she’s my favorite Tira yet!
I’m switching focus in the Tiramisu Circus from the pattern itself to the more practical aspects of sewing with knits. I know many of you are dab hands, and I salute you and your excellent work. I have other posts in line for this week that may be useful to you but I wanted to kick off the tutorials with a “Complete Beginners” chat.
The other night, one of my first pre-orders came from my longtime best friend who lives in America. She doesn’t even sew! I wrote to ask her about that and she told me she’s always intended to learn, and decided to take the plunge with my patterns. I love that! This video is for her, and for those of you out there who haven’t sewn with knits before and don’t know where to start. I hope it’s helpful!
Lightning Bolt Stitch- for construction seams. It’s a zig zag stitch with a longish stitch length (around 2.5) and a narrow width setting (1 or so).
Triple Stitch Zig-Zag- This goes near the raw edge of the fabric, between the construction line and the raw edge.
Stabilizing Tape: I bought mine from Sunni because I couldn’t find anything locally. It’s amazing, delicious, strong stuff. It is positioned over the seamline, and you stitch through it and the fabric.
Practice Fabric: I mention this in the video, but you can also start off using cut up old t-shirts to practice stitching seams.
Bygone Glamour’s Master List of Knit Links (she’s an academic, it’s extensive!)
LLadybird Lauren writes Conquering Knits: A Self-Help Guide. She’s funny and knowledgeable.
Rae Debriefs the Kniterviews- Sensible basics about knit sewing, and how others sew knits.
But Wait! There’s More-
Next Up: Stabilizers for Every Season…
Then: Beginner’s Knit Sewing #2 (feet, foot pressure, thread choices, twin needles and other questions you all ask… The floor is open!)
Later: Sourcing Eco Knits (and other knit fabric sourcing. But mostly green stuff.)
And later than that: Drape and Weight and Knit Type- What You Need to Know
And Stephen’s working on the knit hemming video… I throw everything at you I can think of! I do love this “Circus” business, might have to have circuses more often!
What do you think? If you’re a more advanced sewist reading this, what would you say to a knits newbie? How do you react when a tutorial tells you their way of sewing is the only right way?
The Tiramisu Pre-Sale blazes on over at Etsy!
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And don’t forget the red-striped jersey giveaway! Enter to win the fabric to make a dress just like Penelope the Tiramisu covergirl!