Sewing Knit Fabrics Techniques

Sewing Knit Fabrics Techniques


Knit fabrics are popular for their comfortable stretch and flexibility, making them a‌ great⁣ choice for various garments ⁣ such as t-shirts, dresses, and activewear. However, sewing with knit fabrics requires specific techniques to ensure professional results and‍ prevent potential issues.

Choosing the Right ​Needle and⁢ Thread

When⁤ working with knit fabrics, it’s crucial to select the appropriate needle and thread. Opt ‌for a ballpoint needle, which is designed​ to glide between the fabric’s knit fibers without damaging them. The rounded tip ⁢helps prevent snags and runs. Additionally, use a polyester or cotton-wrapped polyester thread that offers stretch⁤ and durability for knit fabrics.

Pinning‌ and Cutting

Unlike woven fabrics, knit‌ fabrics do not fray, which means you can skip the seam finishes. However, pinning and cutting ​are critical to ensure‌ accurate and even‍ seams. When pinning, ⁣use ballpoint or glass-headed ⁣pins to avoid damaging the fabric’s fibers. Alternatively, you can‌ use clips or wonder clips for pinless sewing. ​As for cutting, a⁤ pair of sharp⁢ fabric scissors or a rotary cutter will‍ provide clean, precise edges.

Seams and Stitches

For seams, consider using⁤ a stretch stitch or a narrow, longer zigzag stitch. Stretch stitches, such as the lightning bolt stitch or the triple ​stretch stitch, allow the ​seam to stretch with the fabric without breaking. A⁤ narrow, longer zigzag stitch (1.5 – 2.5 width, ⁣2-2.5⁣ length) is ‍also effective. Remember to ⁣test different ​stitches on a scrap ⁢piece of fabric to determine the best option for your specific knit fabric. ‌Additionally, using a serger or overlock machine for seam finishing can provide a professional touch.

Hems and Neckbands

For ​hems, you can utilize a twin needle or a ‌stretch blind hem ‍stitch on‍ your machine. These techniques help create a neat‌ finish while allowing the fabric⁣ to stretch. When it ‌comes to ⁣neckbands, measure the neckline and subtract 10-15% to determine ‍the length of the ⁣band. Cut a strip‍ of fabric with a ‍width⁢ of 1.5-2 inches, fold it ‍in half lengthwise, and attach it to the neckline using the stretch stitch or a serger for⁣ a ⁤clean, comfortable fit.


Sewing⁢ knit fabrics can be a rewarding experience when using the right techniques. By selecting the⁣ correct needle and thread, pinning and cutting accurately, choosing ​appropriate stitches, and implementing suitable hemming‍ and neckband methods, you can create comfortable ⁤and​ professional-quality garments. With practice, ‍you’ll master the art of sewing with knits and​ unlock a world of cozy, stylish ⁣possibilities.

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  1. Great article! I’m definitely going to be trying out some of these techniques. #sewinggoals
    Lyndy Melford: Just what I was looking for! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    This is such an informative article! I’m so relieved that I now know a few new techniques to help me tackle all my knit fabric sewing projects! #sewinghacks

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