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Sewing With Knits

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with Meg McElwee
Sewing With Knits
Stretch your sewing skills by making a soft T-shirt, comfy yoga pants, a fleecy hoodie or a flowing dress with Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated.

Don't let stretchy knits intimidate you. Meg McElwee sets you free with easy patterns for the most comfortable clothing you'll ever make. Follow along as she shows you how to create a fleecy hoodie, T-shirts, shorts and a dress. She'll give you tips for reinforcing seams without a serger and how to customize each garment. As a bonus, you'll learn how to dye your finished pieces.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Meg and learn the benefits of sewing with knits.


Lesson 2. Fabric Primer

  • Explore the many varieties of knit fabric, including jersey, silk and spandex.


Lesson 3. Supplies

  • Find out what tools and settings you'll need to sew knits.


Lesson 4. Starting the Fleece Hoodie

  • Determine what size of hoodie you'd like to make, then prep your fabric for sewing.


Lesson 5. Sewing the Fleece Hoodie

  • Sew together the hood, bodice and sleeves of your hoodie. Meg also walks you through hemming.


Lesson 6. Scoop-Neck T-Shirt

  • Sew a scoop-neck T-shirt from knit fabric and learn the twin-needle hemming technique with Meg's help.


Lesson 7. V-Neck T-Shirt

  • Sew a V-neck T-shirt from knit fabric.


Lesson 8. Yoga Shorts

  • Make yoga shorts or pants from Meg's pattern.


Lesson 9. Surplice Dress

  • Sew a comfortable, flowing dress.


Lesson 10. Bonus: Cloth Dyeing

  • As a fun bonus, you'll learn to dye your knits to match your favorite colors.

"Though I have sewn for many years, I have not had much experience with knits and have found this class extremely helpful in taking away that fear and providing practical, easy instructions on how to sew knits successfully. ... Thanks so much for this wonderful class."
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