Welcome to Day 2 of the Sew Along!
Need to catch up?
Day 1: Choosing your Size and Fabric
To start with make sure you have a knit/ball point needle. The rounded tip is specifically designed for sewing knits. I quite often use a universal needle with good results but if you are having trouble it could be your needle
The ideal method for sewing knits is with your serger. This provides a strong and stretchy stitch with a professional finish
If you don’t have a serger though don’t worry! You can still sew knits on your regular machine. Knits don’t fray so you don’t need to worry about finishing the edges. You do want to use a stitch with some stretch to it though or when the fabric stretches your stitches will pop. Here I used a long and narrow zig-zag stitch. It it’s not a high-stress seam (like a side seam) you could use an even narrow zig-zag. Some machines have a stitch that looks like a lightning bolt and that will work too. If your machine is trying to suck the fabric inside I find it helpful to start 1/2″ in, then backstitch and then go forward. You can also slip a piece of tissue paper underneath or start sewing on a scrap and transition to your project. This gives the machine something to “hold onto” and it won’t grab the end of your fabric.
If you are nervous about sewing with knits I recommend raiding the closet for unwanted items or hitting up the thrift store for some large tees. I often pick up tees for $1-2 and they are perfect for practice runs. I quite often find some amazing prints too that are fun to use! Both of these muscle tees are upcycles!