Best Sewing Knit Fabric Tips and Tutorials

  • Serger Pepper 50+ links to learn sewing knits

Today I need to do outing (and I hope you can relate!):

I hate to iron clothes – I actually never do it!

Don’t get me wrong: I am not going around with a lot of wrinkles in my clothes and neither do my relatives.

I have a few tricks:

  • I hang my clothes to dry so they don’t become too wrinkly when they are dry;
  • I buy clothes and fabric keeping an eye to their content
  • I choose garments that don’t need to be ironed after washing (either when I buy them or when I create them).

You may think it’s restricting for my garment style choices, and in some ways it is: but I think it’s a great brain exercise too!

Conversely, I do love pressing while I sew 🙂

But… Why am I telling you this? Because I realized that I’m focusing a lot my researches on sewing knits, because they’re the best fabric to achieve a wrinkle-free result, with a minimum maintenance effort required from me.

Pro-tip: best knits are the ones with a 5% (or more) Lycra/spandex content 😉

Add that garments made using knit fabric will softly hug you, without need of darts and stuff like this: easier and faster to sew, then!

So today I want to collect for you some of the:

Best Sewing Knit Fabric Links

(Tips, Tutorials, patterns and inspiration)

First of all I’d like to present you my latest blog post I’ve written for Craftsy, all about sewing durable seams on knit fabrics

Serger-Pepper-Durable-seams-on-knit-fabric-best-tips-for-sewing-strong-durable-seams-on-knit-garmentsHere I’ve tried to collect all the tips I could think to prevent that awful problem: seams that pops! (You may recognize that striped fabric from my Mom’s Raglan Dress (it’s a freebie!)

Now, for the links!

Just a couple of notes: I’ve included some of my blog posts in this collection, as well as some affiliate links (marked with an *): if you decide to buy anything through those links, I get a small percentage at no added cost for you… Thank you in advance, I’ll buy more fabric LOL!

Tuts & co.:

30 best tips for sewing knits

Oliver + S sewing knits tips

Prudent Baby sewing knit tips

Sewing knits without a serger

Stretch stitch!

A thread secret to hemming knits

How to hem knit fabrics 5 ways

Sewing with knits class*

The ultimate guide to sewing knit fabrics – class review

Sewing fashion knits class*

The ultimate guide to sewing knit fabrics – class review

Straight leg pants + Gathered top PDF pattern – my review

Tips and techniques for sewing with knits*

Use of clear elastic while sewing knits

How to gather knit fabric

How to sew an invisible bias neckline

Ruffled neck shirt tutorial

Favorite tee rub off

Sewing knits FAQs

How to sew a lettuce hem two ways

Don’t fear the knits!

So Sew Easy Knits archives

The Sewing Geek knit fabrics category

Best projects using knit fabrics*

100+ useful serger tips, tutorials and projects collection

Never fear knits

T-shirt dress variations

Sew a sweatshirt video lesson (free)

How to succesfully mix different knit fabrics into a single garment

Knit stretch printable guideline*

A primer on sewing knits

FBA in knit garments

Knits vs. Wovens*

Shorties (free pattern) + the perfect stretchy hem tute

Books (affiliate links through Amazon.com):

Knits for Real People: Fitting and Sewing Fashion Knit Fabrics (Neall, Palmer)

The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional Techniques for Beautiful Everyday Garments (Claire)

Sew Knits with Confidence (Zieman)

Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics (Mullin, Hartman)

 

Freebies:

Wear everywhere dress

Three Polo Shirts = One Raglan Dress!

Puff sleeves baby dress

The slouchy tee

Woman raglan top*

Pleated in pink: the sweetest tank free pattern

One hour Pj*

Cute and Comfy Bubble Romper refashion

Paula Woman Dress

 

Videos:

I personally follow most of the YouTube channels listed below… and I’d suggest you do the same, if you love learning from videos!

Sewing with knits – Gorgeous Fabrics University

List of knit related videos – Professor Pincushion

Successfully sewing knits with Deepika on It’s Sew Easy (neckline technique)

Sewing with Stretch Knits – The Crafty Gemini

Beginners Guide to sewing – Knits – Sewing Parts Online

Sewing with knits & pucker free hems – Linda Lee on It’s Sew Easy

Hem a T-shirt (without a Coverstitch) with Angela Wolf

T-shirt tailoring – The Sewing Geek

 

If you want t learn even more… try this exclusive FREE-PASS for Creativebug*: there are a few lessons on sewing knits, with Cal Patch I’m watching at the moment… and I’m truly enjoying them (note that one will be yours forever, without paying it!). Be quick! You have unlimited access only until June 30th!

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You can find the links above (and many others more) on my Pinterest board (and if you like the topic, follow the example of 10000 other pinners… and follow me!)



 

 

 

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Hi there! I love sewing, creating my own patterns and refashioning pre-loved clothes... If you love the same things, why not be friends? See you on Pinterest http://Pinterest.com/MammaNene

One Comment

  1. Anke June 21, 2015 at 22:00 - Reply

    Thanks so much for this post! It leaves me with lots of material to check out and a huge sense of relief – I thought I was the only one who loves pressing while sewing but hates ironing after washing .. 🙂

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