You may sew cloth by hand however a stitching machine is what most individuals consider on the subject of a stitching venture. You can even use a stitching machine to sew hand knit or crochet objects collectively. Stitching the seams collectively offers you a reasonably sturdy end to the knit/crochet garment or dwelling decor merchandise. Listed here are a couple of tricks to have interaction your stitching machine to assist end your hand knit or crochet merchandise.
A primary stitching machine will work for becoming a member of knit/crochet objects so long as it has the potential of creating an adjustable zig-zag sew. It helps should you can alter the strain on the presser foot of your stitching machine. That may be actually useful with some thicker knit/crochet yarns.
One suggestion is to make a couple of pattern swatches of your knit/crochet merchandise (e.g., make two squares to sew collectively) so you possibly can apply a couple of instances earlier than turning to the completed garment or dwelling decor merchandise.
As soon as the objects are made, you will have to dam the perimeters of the knit garment. Blocking a completed knit or crochet merchandise will assist the perimeters lay flat, making it simpler to sew collectively and permitting the sections of the knit/crochet to be formed to suit the wanted measurements of your particular sample. (Blocking is a dialogue for a future column.) It might even be useful to have the ability to alter thread pressure on the machine and within the bobbin, though I normally don’t mess a lot with the stitching machine bobbin pressure. I’m all the time involved I’ll do one thing messing with the bobbin pressure and find yourself taking my stitching machine to the restore store to get the bobbin pressure correctly readjusted. I determine I can normally do most of my pressure adjustment with the stress knob on the entrance of my stitching machine.
Stitching on a stitching machine on your knit/crochet objects must be carried out rigorously and mustn’t distort or change the drape or cling of the garment/dwelling decor merchandise. You might want to regulate your sew size. It’s prompt to make use of longer, wider stitches on bulky-yarn objects and shorter or slim stitches for lighter weight yarn objects. Once more, I’d counsel making a pattern swatch to sew collectively to see how your yarn venture handles being sewn on the stitching machine.
You can even use a zig-zag sew alongside areas of a garment which can be vulnerable to stretching (e.g., shoulder seam). Create the selvage edge alongside the seam line earlier than seaming two sections collectively and it’ll give a firmer edge to scale back stretching and provides the seam extra stability.
I’ve solely used my primary stitching machine to sew two knit or crochet items collectively. If you happen to select to serge the perimeters along with a serger stitching machine, make certain the serger slicing blade is retracted or eliminated earlier than stitching the 2 items collectively, except you’re stitching one thing the place the fibers are effectively felted earlier than stitching the objects collectively. I’ve mounted many store-purchased sweaters as a result of the yarn comes unfastened from a serged seam line that allow the slicing blade trim the perimeters whereas the seam is stitched collectively.