Knits are both a really hot and exciting fabric right now, and also the one fabric most likely to make stitchers freeze with indecision and uncertainty. Because the fabric is made in a different way, it throws us off and makes us unsure of how to work with a fabric that most of us love to wear! This e-course is designed to take the mystery out of knits and give you the skills and tools to sew knits with ease and confidence–with just your sewing machine!
This online class gives you the chance to explore knit fabrics–like interlock and jersey–in the company of other stitchers who want to hone their skills and try new sewing techniques. You’ll work with patterns, explore the properties of knits, learn what stitch and what needle to use, how to select your fabric–and even where to find the best ones online to buy.
During our exciting sewing time together, you’ll learn:
what knits are–and what they aren’t; types of knit fabrics; thread and needles to use with knits; knit fabrics vs wovens, and how they behave; what to expect from a good knit, and how to spot the bad ones; where to buy good knits–of all types
tension and stitch selection when sewing with knit fabrics; patterns and pattern layout; accurate cutting and sizing with knit fabrics; adjusting your sewing technique for a stretchy fabric
seam finishes and seam allowances; raveling and unraveling; sewing curves with knits; unfinished edges and hem selection; using interfacings with knits; installing a zipper or buttonhole in your knits; bindings and ribbings; elastic and shirring with knits; gathers, ruffles, and lettuce edges
linings and facings; using knits for dressier clothes, in addition to casual sportswear; embroidery and applique on knit fabrics
when to use the serger; using the coverstitch function; professional-looking finishes with just your sewing machine
interviews with fabric & clothing designers for insider tips to use in your sewing; Q & As with industry professionals using YOUR questions, including Patty Young and Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S
PLUS four group projects, three mini-projects, and a whole host of on-your-own extension projects to expand what we’re learning! Projects include PDF patterns for you to use over and over, plus plenty of step-by-step guidance and interaction as we go along. So. Awesome.
The Sewing with Knits e-course is laid out in the same manner as my book, Stitch by Stitch: each lesson or project leads to the next, and each skill is incorporated into a project so that as you learn the skills, you’re also producing a finished piece you can be proud of and that will motivate you to continue on! These are great projects, like comfy lounge pants, a yoga skirt, and an everyday tee that you’ll want to wear non-stop (complete with sleeve variations to make it unique each time you sew it up).
I’m so excited to see this class take place. It’s totally TIME for a course in sewing with knits–we all love the soft feel of knit fabrics, and the forgiving fit, but there are so few places to learn to work with them. As fabric manufacturers release more and more fabulous knit prints, I’m really on fire to get the word out that sewing with knits is fun, easy, and totally within your reach! While we’ll discuss using a serger, the vast majority of the content of this class focuses on sewing with just your sewing machine. I have a serger and I love it, but for many of us, jumping into a new fabric is tough enough without adding a whole other machine on top of it! Rest assured, learning the serger is worth it, but let’s start at the beginning, like Julie Andrews said–this e-course is the best way to get into knits and see where they can take you!
The content includes over 25 lessons taught via PDF downloads, audio, lots of video, and open comments so that every member gets the chance to really give feedback, ask questions, and participate. We’ll also use a Flickr group to post images of projects as we go along. My goal is to work through each of your questions about sewing with knits from beginning to end, and give you total confidence as you walk out the door to tackle a new fabric with gusto! You can totally do this, and it’s gonna be awesome.