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What to Look for in a Stitch

What to Look for in a Stitch

There are so many options to sewing together knits, it can feel quite daunting to dive in and even begin. Do I serge or use my sewing machine, or what about that machine called a cover-stitch? And what stitch should I even use if all I have is a regular sewing machine? Do I use a zig-zag or can I get away with a straight stitch? What about that little lightning bolt looking thing? And isn't there a triple zig-zag stitch, too? What the heck is that even used for...?

The questions can rattle around in your head until you...


Cutting Knits

Cutting Knits

Cutting knits can be a pain in the butt sometimes. Especially when working with really luxurious knits. The softer and drapy-er your knit, the greater chance you are going to potentially struggle with getting it cut out without throwing your scissors across the room. Speaking 100% from personal experience.

It's just like with woven fabrics- the prettier and more fluid the fabric, the harder it is to work with. That is...if you are using the same methods as when working with less fluid fabrics.

There are ways to cut all sorts of fabrics without giving yourself a massive headache, and...


Choosing the Right Needle for Knits

Choosing the Right Needle for Knits

We have been chatting a lot about how frustrating it can be to sew with knits, and I hope that you aren't finding that discouraging. I only share these points of frustration with you so that you can avoid all the pitfalls I've had over the years with my own sewing practice.

With sewing knits, a major factor in getting nice, even, non-skipped stitches is in the choice of your needle. If you don't have the right needle, it's going to be virtually impossible to sew through your knit fabrics with any ease.

Luckily, there are only a handful of...


Nathalie Bodysuit Hack: Shelf Bra

Nathalie Bodysuit Hack: Shelf Bra

This hack comes to you courtesy of @yorkiemouse who, on launch day, asked if a shelf bra could be added to this pattern for those who don't necessarily want to wear a bra with such a close fitted garment, but also absolutely need some kind of support. And I was like, that's such a brilliant hack! I must get to work on it ASAP!

So I did!

In this blog post, you will find step-by-step instructions to create your very own shelf-bra/ built-in bra for any knit top pattern in your stash (minus, say, a really...


How to Choose a size with Negative Ease

How to Choose a size with Negative Ease

But what about choosing the proper size for a knit garment? It's so confusing with terms like negative ease, and a range of stretch percentages a garment can be sewn from. Aside from just winging it, there is a way to determine whether a pattern will comfortable fit you prior to cutting it all out and sewing it: math.

If you aren't like me and a total nerd for math, you might have let out an audible groan. I totally get it! Math can be quite a literal headache. But there is also something magical about knowing that math never...