Sewing with knit fabric can be a great experience, the majority of things I make are knits these days! However, working with stretchy fabrics like knits requires some specific techniques to achieve professional-looking results. In this post, we will explore the essential tips and tricks for sewing with knit fabric, ensuring your sewing projects turn out beautifully.

  1. What stitch to use on knit fabric?
    When sewing with knit fabric, it's crucial to choose the right stitch that provides both flexibility and strength. The best stitch options for knits include the zigzag stitch, the stretch stitch, and the twin needle stitch. These stitches allow the fabric to stretch without breaking the thread, ensuring the integrity of your seams.

  2. Can you use a regular sewing machine with knit fabric?
    Yes, you can use a regular sewing machine to sew knit fabric. However, it's important to make a few adjustments to achieve optimal results. Use a ballpoint or stretch needle, which gently pushes the fabric fibers aside rather than piercing them. Additionally, consider using a walking foot or a knit fabric presser foot to prevent the fabric from stretching or puckering during sewing.

  3. Can I sew knit fabric with a straight stitch?
    While a straight stitch is not ideal for sewing knit fabric on its own, it can be used in combination with other stitches. One technique is to sew a straight stitch within the seam allowance, close to the edge, and then reinforce it with a stretch or zigzag stitch to provide the necessary flexibility.

  4. How do you sew knit fabric without stretching it?
    To sew knit fabric without stretching it, there are a few key practices to follow:

  • Avoid excessive handling and stretching of the fabric while cutting and sewing.
  • Use fabric weights or pins to secure the fabric layers in place rather than stretching them.
  • When sewing seams, support the fabric with one hand in front and behind the presser foot to ensure even feeding.

Karla Loungewear Set in a Waffle knit

  1. How do you stabilize knit fabric for sewing?
    Stabilizing knit fabric is essential to prevent stretching and distortion. There are several methods you can use:
  • Fusible interfacing: Choose a lightweight knit interfacing and apply it to the wrong side of the fabric, providing stability without sacrificing stretch.
  • Clear elastic: Baste a strip of clear elastic within the seam allowance to reinforce the fabric and maintain its shape.
  • Staystitching: Sew a line of stitches within the seam allowance on curved areas to stabilize the fabric and prevent stretching.
  1. Do you need special thread to sew knit fabric?
    Using the right thread can enhance your sewing results. It's recommended to use polyester or nylon thread, as they have good stretch and recovery properties. These threads can withstand the stress of the fabric's movement without breaking, ensuring durable seams in your knit garments.

Lara Loungewear Set in a Ribbed Knit

With the tips and techniques mentioned above, you are well-equipped to embark on your knit fabric sewing projects. Remember to choose the appropriate stitch, stabilize the fabric when needed, and handle it with care to achieve professional-looking results.

Happy sewing!