These Are a Few of My Favorite Seams - Part 1

♫ 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!


You've seen #7 again and again. It's a standard for applying bands to cut and sew knits. Many sewing patterns include simple instructions for this easy band. I managed to break it down into eleven steps and two blog posts with pictures, part 1 and part 2. Hmm...


With serged edges #6, the Houndstooth and Lace Sweater, was sewn right sides together, and then the seam pressed open. Nothing unusual there. Somewhere along the way I learned that with lightweight fabrics you can press seams to the side, but pressing seams open is the way to go with heavy fabrics.

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. :)

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I love sewing on knits but have yet to try sewing on a sweater knit. Am clinging to a bunch of my old but nice sweaters in hopes of re-making them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. My pleasure! It only takes a little practice and testing on the scraps to get your settings. I'm sure you'll soon be re-making those sweaters beautifully. :)

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    2. I take it back!!!
      I made a refashion of two old sweaters a few years ago but they were quite tightly knitted rather than loose. Just put it on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/92486034@N03/11438402296/

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    3. Very nice! Onward to the next! :)

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