Nancy Zieman’s Top 10 Knit Sewing Tips
Wherever you’re going, knit garments will take you there in comfort and style! Sew one or more knit garment pieces – that are perfect for layering. And sewing knits are easy and enjoyable with Nancy Zieman’s Top Ten Knit Sewing Tips!
Nancy Zieman’s Top 10 Knit Sewing Tips!
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #1:
Choose a pattern suitable for knit fabrics, with few seams – letting the drape of the fabric be the star. Choose a pattern such as our Knit Wardrobe Pattern M7331 by Team NZP for The McCall Pattern Company.
Sew a loose-fitting, unlined knit jacket with self-lined/self-fabric front. Or sew a pullover top with stitched hem – with just three easy pattern pieces. Stitch a stylish skirt with elasticized upper edge self-lined yoke band with 1″ Knit No-Roll Elastic. Or make tapered cuffed pants for comfort – all day long!
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #2:
Select quality knit fabrics with at least 25% crosswise stretch and 5% spandex – for durability and sag-free comfort while wearing. Our NEW! Ponte Knit Fabrics are the ideal fabrics for sewing dresses, tunics, pants, skirts, and jackets! Our NEW! NZP Ponte Knit Fabrics are 20% Off at shopnzp.com.
Refer to pattern envelope back – for sizing and fabric yardage.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #3:
Use the guide sheet, included with the pattern to layout pattern tissue pieces. With a pencil and yard stick, extend the grainline the entire length of each pattern piece. Pin pattern pieces to fabric, or use pattern weights, heavy washers, or can goods to hold pattern tissue pieces in place.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #4:
Before cutting, double-check all pattern pieces are in place. Instead of using a scissors, use a 28mm or 45mm Rotary Cutter, Mat and Ruler. A 28mm Rotary Cutter easily cuts curves – such as sleeve caps and armscyes. Before removing the pattern tissue pieces, transfer markings to wrong side of fabric with Chacoliner or Marking Pen. Because knit fabrics look similar on the right and wrong side, place a piece of painters tape on the fabric wrong side – on each of the cut pattern pieces.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #5:
Stabilize garment back: Cut Multiple 1/2″ or 3/4″ bias strips of Pellon Easy-Knit Interfacing. Prior to stitching, fuse interfacing strips to the wrong side of garment back – at top neckline and along shoulders and neckline.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #6:
Select a sewing machine needle designed for sewing knits – such as Schmetz Chrome Jersey/Ball Point Sewing Machine Needles.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #7:
Choose a seam option: Use a sewing machine or serger for knit garment construction.
- Serger: Choose a 4-thread overlock stitch. Now’s the time to use that serger!
- Sewing Machine: Set sewing machine for a wobble-stitch: Choose a slight zigzag (2.0-2.5 length and .5 width). On the garment outside, this stitch will give the appearance of a straight stitch, while providing a slight amount of stretch to the seam.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #8:
Include a length of clear elastic within the stitching of the shoulder seams, to provide extra seam stability. On garment front shoulder seam, serge or wobble-stitch the seam, stitching over the clear elastic. The shoulder seams will stretch when needed without stretching out of shape or popping stitches. This tip works on shoulder seams of any length.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #9:
Press seams flat, then press open – or to one side. Pressing the stitches flat makes it much easier to press the seams open, or to one side. To Prevent seam edges from making an imprint on the fabric right side, press seams over a Seam Stick.
Nancy Zieman Knit Sewing Tip #10:
- Many knit garment sewing patterns don’t have facings to finish the edges – and one fabric layer is all that’s used. Finish single-layer garment edges with a double fold.
- Fold and press under a double 1/4-inch and straight or wobble stitch. Stitch one center-front edge (center-front jacket seam in this example) and then stitch the hemline. Before stitching the hemline’s double fold, place a scrap of fabric under the presser foot, stitch from this “anchor cloth” scrap onto the garment fabric, then onto a second anchor cloth. The anchors allow you to easily sew thicker areas at the corner – with even stitches. Clip off the anchor cloth when finished.
Watch Sew a Knit Wardrobe from Start to Finish (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy on Public Television or online at nancyzieman.com.
McCall’s has been a supportive sponsor of the “Sewing with Nancy” television show, hosted by Nancy Zieman. “Sewing with Nancy” is available on public television, Create TV, and online at nancyzieman.com. Tune in and join Nancy and friends for 30 minutes of how-to TV—emphasizing contemporary sewing techniques with Nancy Zieman’s signature timesaving techniques.
The McCall Pattern Company and Team Nancy Zieman are delighted to bring you The Nancy Zieman Productions TM Collection of sewing patterns designed for those of us who love to sew and have limited sewing time.
We’re designing patterns to be sewn with Nancy Zieman’s innovative sewing techniques. Within each of our McCall’s patterns, we give you construction tips and specific hints how sewing notions can be used to save time. You’ll find that in a matter of hours you can sew fashion garments and make your daily style pop.
SAVE 10%-30% Off Select Products & SAVE 40% Off McCall’s M7331
We hope you’ll give sewing knits a try with Nancy Zieman’s Top 10 Knit Sewing Tips! Visit shopnzp.com for innovative knit sewing fabrics, notions, and McCall Patterns designed by Nancy Zieman Productions!
- Knit Wardrobe Pattern M7331 by Nancy Zieman for The McCall Pattern Company
- Ponte Knit Fabrics
- Schmetz Chrome Jersey/Ball Point Sewing Machine Needles
- Schmetz Stretch Double Needle for hemming
- 1″ Knit No-Roll Elastic
- 3/8″ Clear Elastic
- Pellon Easy-Knit Interfacing
- Seam Stick
The Nancy Zieman Productions Team is pleased to announce our NEW! video series, Stitch it! Sisters and NEW! NZP Shop
Right here on the NZP Blog, watch Stitch it! Sisters with hosts Deanna Springer and Dana Casey – real life sisters from Team NZP. This NEW! Video Series features our latest sewing projects and fun sewing adventures! Join Deanna and Dana as they share sewing and quilting project tutorials – featuring their easiest-ever sewing techniques, timesaving tools, and Classic Timesaving Tips by Nancy Zieman.
Stitch it! Sisters is a production of NZ Productions LLC. We’ll be releasing a new video – every few weeks – right here on the NZP Blog. Make sure you are subscribed to Nancy Zieman Productions E-news mailing list so you won’t miss a thing. Sign up and receive email updates from Nancy Zieman Productions.
Visit the NEW! NZP Online Shop for the latest tools, patterns, fabrics and more at shopnzp.com!
Visit shopnzp.com, or click the “shop” tab
at the top of the NZP blog, anytime!
SAVE 10%-30% Off Select Products & SAVE 40% Off McCall’s M7331
The randomly selected winner of a Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack with S!S button & sticker, the February 1 Blog Post, NEW! Stitch it! Sisters Insulated Lunch Tote Program 108, is Delores.
Her comment is: This would be handy to have for our Sew Days at Guild and for sewing group meetings when we take our lunch. It gets hot here in the desert! Problem solved.
Team Nancy Zieman
Nancy Zieman Productions. LLC.
Stitch it! Sisters is a production of NZ Productions LLC. Content in this feed is © copyright 2019 by Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC and may not be republished without written permission. You’re welcome to forward the email to a friend or colleague but it’s not okay to add the RSS feed automatically as content on a blog or other website. The FTC requires us to tell you that Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC has provided products by other companies in the course of doing business. The FTC requires us to advise you to take this information into consideration when reading this posting.