How do I keep my knit fabric from curling?
To prevent knits from curling you add purl stitches to the right side. And, if you add purl stitches to the right side, they will, of course, be knit stitches at the wrong side. As mentioned earlier, the purl stitches as a lower tension than the knit stitches.
How do you keep stretchy fabric from rolling?
Choose the right needle – all stretchy knit fabrics should be sewn with a special needle; either a ballpoint or a stretch needle. A ballpoint needle consists of a rounded tip, which pushes the yarns away when sewing. It avoids damaging knit fabric while cutting and sewing.
How do I make my knit fabric lay flat?
A rotary cutter, which looks a bit like a pizza cutter, is great for knits as the fabric can stay flat during cutting – rather than being lifted up by the scissor blade – so it won’t stretch out of shape. Simply roll it firmly along the lines to cut out your pieces.
What is knit stay tape?
What is stay tape? Basically it stabilises seams, stopping knits and curved, woven, seams from stretching. Mostly used for necklines, armholes and shoulder seams, stay tape is so useful.
How do you sew stretchy fabric without puckering?
The last and often most important step is to press the seam with lots of steam after sewing. I usually hover the iron over the seam with steam for a few seconds, then I press the iron gently on the seam and give it a nice press. This usually presses out most of the puckers and waves in the seam.
How do you stabilize jersey fabric?
To stabilize the seam, simply sew some non-stretch ribbon or stay-tape into the seam as you sew it. Knits will need to be hemmed differently than wovens because you’ll be needing an element of stretch to the seam. This unfortunately means that a regular straight stitch is off the menu!
How do you stay stitch in knitting?
A staystitch is a directional stitch that uses a regular stitch length. It is usually applied at about 1/4″ away from the raw edge. Knit fabric staystitching on all seams is often needed in order to maintain shape and prevent the fabric from over-stretching which can make it very difficult to sew.