Meet your instructor, designer and author Linda Lee, as she introduces you to many of the techniques you’ll explore in this class and offers tips on how to maximize your learning experience
Knit Fabrics & Techniques (16:34)
Discover the different properties of knit fabrics and delve into which ones are best for which projects. Learn how to measure for stretch and cut knit fabric, and gather Linda’s tips for adding stability with interfacing. Finally, explore the relationship between fabric type, thread type and needle choice and determine which ones are best for your project.
Sheer & Open-Weave Knits (13:36)
Learn about the unique challenges of working with sheer knits such as mesh, crochet and other open-weave fabrics. Linda offers tips and techniques for marking and seaming these slinky and delicate fabrics. Then, see how to use fusible web tape to keep edges from rolling up as you create beautiful hems with your home sewing machine or a serger.
Lightweight Knits (17:08)
Explore tissue-weight knits, including viscose, polyester, bamboo and wool, which are perfect for making light layers and even lingerie. Then, learn the three best way to seam these knits to ensure stability and strength. Finally, Linda shares tips for using a double needle and teaches a variety of ways to hem your fabric: from using a cover stitch to adding a feminine lettuce-edge finish
Medium-Weight Knit Fabrics (13:26)
See how the mid-weight knits you already know and love offer enough structure for shirts, dresses and even pants! Learn how to make professional ready-to-wear seams as you combine a home machine and a serger and how to bulk up your seams for these harder-working garments. While you can use the same hems you might use on lightweight knits, Linda shows you how to maximize stretch with the help of fusible knit hem tape. Finally, create perfectly flat buttonholes using your home machine.
Garment Details in Knit Fabrics (38:11)
Add ready-to-wear details that will make your knit fabrics look like they came from a department store! Learn how to measure for, and ease in, an elastic waistband as Linda takes you through the calculations you need to create bands that stay in place. Then, make professional-looking neck bindings and sleeve trims as Linda shows you how to add a double band for a great design detail. Finally, tackle set-in sleeves in the round as Linda shows you how this tricky art translates from woven fabric into knit.
Working With Double Knits (17:57)
Create beautiful pants and suits that have gorgeous drape as Linda shares her secrets for working with structured double-knit fabrics. Discover the best methods for seaming and hemming and then see how to create flawless collars with sharp points and beautiful shaping. Gather Linda’s tips for grading seams with this lofty knit and sew an elastic waistband right on your garment, no casing required!
Techniques for Heavy Knit Fabrics (13:19)
Add texture and warmth to your wardrobe as Linda previews all of the wonderful heavyweight knits available, including French terry, bouclé, fleece and sweater knits. Then, see how easy it is to add a contrasting, single-fold binding for a professional finish. Then, add fun and function to your wardrobe as Linda shows you how to add an exposed zipper, sewn right on the front of your garment!
Techniques for Novelty Knits (11:21)
Always know what to do with specialty knits! Learn how to set in a rib-knit cuff as Linda shows you how quickly this design accent comes together. Pin your two pieces together and get Linda’s advice on what type of seam to use to create banded cuffs or even waistbands! Then, discover how easy it is to felt wool using your home washing machine to create structured, textured fabric, perfect for making jackets. Linda shows you how to create an overlapping, faux flat-felled seam that will never come apart.