♫ Rolled edge on roses and flat seams on mittens... ♫
While others do their end of the year summary of finished objects, I've decided to feature a few of my favorite seams this past year. (Click to enlarge the pic.)
Starting at #10 is the jersey seam. It can be quite pesky if not handled properly, causing lots of trouble when you attempt to sew it. The selvages will roll toward the purl side (the rougher side) of the fabric. The cut edges on the cross grain will tend to roll toward the knit (smoother side). Tame the curl by first cutting off the selvages. (They're sometimes a little tight on sweater knits.) Then, as I learned on Four Square Walls, use a little spray starch and gently press the edges. If you're working with a sweater knit, be sure you are pressing (up and down motion) only the edges. Be careful not to the stretch the fabric. The starch will act as a light stabilizer and stop the roll.
If you are not judicious with you cutting, you may have cut off enough of the selvage to make a fabric rose. Curled up edges work here!
|My rose pin for Robin from Hand Crafting and Paying It Forward|
At #9 is my first real serger seam. It was on double knit merino. I like merino.
For some reason, as I was still figuring out a way of stitching my sweaters together, I decided to serge my sweater with yarn in the loopers. I do like the way #8 looks with yarn in the upper looper. I stopped doing it that way only because I knew that most home sewers would not have matching yarns available to them. For the machine knitters reading this, give it a try. You may like it!
I've broken the "heavy fabric, open seam rule" several times now. Look for this rule breaker, flat seams on mittens, and more of my favorite seams in my next post. :)