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5 Knit Tips - What I Have Learned About Sewing With Knits

When I first started sewing, I was drawn to knits. I loved the idea of stretch for good fit, no seam finishes, no buttons/zippers/etc., and the forgiveness of a knit. Even though I loved knits, I made lots of mistakes. I didn't quite know how to work with it. Since Henry was born, my knowledge of knits has grown exponentially. Sewing lots of tiny knit shirts has helped me learn a lot, and I thought I'd share it!

1. Rib Knit - This is the number one solution I have found for sewing knits. I never sew any knits without it. All knits stretch out on the edges; even knitters have problems with the edges stretching out! Rib knit sucks in the stretched out part.

2. Magic Formula - The magic formula for the length of the rib knit: the rib knit should be 75-85% the length of the knit edge. I wish someone would have told me this when I was starting out!
3. Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat - I only recently got a rotary cutter and cutting mat, and it has cut my cutting time in half (pun intended)! I used to hate pinning and cutting out fabric especially knit fabric. Knit fabric was so hard to cut out because it stretched out as you cut it and it was hard to get straight lines. Now I cut out quickly and always have really nice lines.
4. Double Needle - The double needle makes knit clothing look manufactured. It's such a great finisher. I cannot live without mine, and I use it all the time! Here is the best article I read for help with a double needle.
5. Elastic - If you're afraid of using rib knit, the next best thing to use is elastic, either regular elastic or fold over elastic. Using regular elastic you'll have to do some sort of casing. Using fold over elastic you can use the magic formula. I have used both of these, and they work great.

Do you have any questions about sewing or about me or this blog? Send them my way and I'll answer!


  1. That's always great to read nice tips!!! =) Thanks for sharing!

  2. I had to read the magic tip twice before it made sense. But what sense it does make! I can't wait to use it. I don't like knits, I have a hard time making everything not stretch as I sew it. And my double needle doesn't like me. But maybe I should just try again. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Every time I tried to pin this, it would come up saying spotify and that you can't visit that shop. I don't know what is going on, but something is wrong.

  4. Hi Heather, where do you buy your rib knit for cuffs and necklines? I have seen you mention using it in multiple posts but not sure where the best place to get it is. thx.


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