Working with Knits 

let's get down to the knitty gritty

We've been receiving gorgeous knits to the shop this month, along with some great patterns to use with them. These Robert Kauffman knits feel even better than they look!

 

Vanessa Christenson was here on Saturday, and I've been racking my brain trying to come up with something cute to make to wear to the workshop. Obviously, I wanted to feature V & Co. fabric. Of course, I didn't come up with a bright idea until the last minute. The Penelope Top, made by Sew Liberated! I used some creamy Robert Kaufman Laguna Jersy Knit, and for the woven fabric background - Vanessa' grey ombre chevron. It's absolutely perfect.

All of this has inspired us to share some tips about working with knits. They can be intimidating to work with if you don't have the right tools and experience. Nothing is worse than a tee shirt that looks homemade. The knit can buckle and wave, and it's just not pretty. However, use some of these simple tips and you'll end up with professional results!

First of all - sergers. You will have the easiest experience working with knits if you have a serger. Sergers cut and sew at the same time, which yield the beautiful finished seams in the top you are wearing currently. With a serger, you have to ability to change the feed, which makes working with stretchy materials a snap. If you don't have a serger, you can still work with knits. It will be more tricky - but it is possible. There is a fabulous book put out by Colette with all the know how you need to get through a knit fabric project.

  • Use ballpoint needles, which are made to work with knit fabrics. Always, always, always use the appropriate needle style and size to match your fabric.
  • Turn down your presser foot pressure to reduce the amount of push the presser foot puts down on the fabric. The last thing you want to do is stretch the fabric as you're sewing it - that will result in puckering.
  • If you don't have a coverhem machine, a twin needle works really well!
  • For Bernina lovers, use the #2/#2A overlock foot with the vari-overlock stitch (stitch #3 on most of the machines in my shop!) for seaming.
  • Avoid using a standard straight stitch, it doesn't stretch with your fabric. Instead, try a zigzag, a stretch stitch, or the vari-overlock.
  • Use a walking foot, or dual feed if you machine has it!
  • Slow and steady! Take your time, sew slowly. If you have FHS on your machine, take advantage of it to reposition your fabric (make sure your needle is anchored in it!).
  • Always do a test before you jump into your project. Make sure all of these elements are working together correctly, you don't want to find out you need to make an adjustment when you're halfway down your seam!
  • Knit fabrics don't fray, and I know we've all see unfinished knit at Anthropologie - if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me.
Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:11:00 PM Categories: Tutorial

Chalkboard Fabric 

How is Thanksgiving next week!? This year has absolutely flown by.

As a guest to multiple Thanksgiving dinners, I decided this year to make my hostess gifts. I wanted to make something thoughtful, cute, but more importantly, reusable. Bringing a bottle of wine to a dinner is always an appreciated gesture. I thought that making bags for the wine would be an easy way to personalize it, and make it more fun than a naked bottle or a store bought bag. We got chalkboard fabric in a few weeks ago, and I've been trying to figure out what to do with it. I've seen so many adorable projects on pinterest for it. We happened to get in a pattern for chalkboard wine slippers and bottle bags this week, and it all came together.

Do you make hostess gifts, or other gifts for the Holidays? What kinds of projects do you make? Share your story here, or on our Facebook page!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:20:00 PM Categories: Completed Projects Ideas Pattern Review

tied with a ribbon's yule christmas tree skirt 

a charming tree skirt, great to update your holiday decor, or give as a gift!

Tied with a Ribbon's Yule Christmas Tree Skirt

How sweet and charming is this tree skirt!? One of the fun things about being in a new place, is that we get to decorate for the Holidays! I found this pattern, by Tied with a Ribbon, on Etsy a couple of weeks ago. She's got quite a few whimsical, adorable, droolworthy patterns available. I've completed the tree skirt, and I'm working on the applique for the tree skit. I've got all the pieces stuck on with heat'n'bond, just need to get them stitched. I'm using the triple straight stitch for applique, it has a charming hand embroidered look to it.

I used Superior Razzle Dazzle couching thread and bobbin work for the star detail and the fairy lights. It adds just enough sparkle.

I used lovely Kaufman linen for the main fabric. I thought it added a really nice modern edge to this project. I'm planning on using the orangey-pink of that one house for the binding fabric. The directions don't call for lining this, but I definitely want to hide all of my stitching on the back.

What are you working on for the Holidays? Are you making gifts, or making home decor? Share your projects here in the comments, or on my facebook page!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Saturday, November 15, 2014 11:14:00 AM Categories: Completed Projects Ideas Pattern Review Works in Progress
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