I fear I may be suffering from “Knitphobia” – the fearing of sewing with knits. I seem to be doing everything under the sun to put off sewing any garment using a knit fabric.
Since buying my overlocker I have been overlocking the raw edges on my seams with no problems, but I’ve really yet to sew anything in a knit fabric.
Why have I been holding off doing this? Well, I can think of lots of reasons:
- I’m overwhelmed by the information and advice on the internet about sewing with knits
There are so many horror stories about hems that are wonky and necklines that look odd and for every horror story there is an equal amount of advice. Where do I start? I never seem to have this fear with woven fabrics, even if I’m picking something that is new to me; I think this may be because my trusty old Singer is a reliable constant in this and I have been sewing with it for many years. I know its strong points and its weaknesses. I’m still a novice with my overlocker and too many unknowns make a disaster.
- I’m not an expert on buying knits
There is a limited choice in my local fabric shops, shops where I can go and “fondle” the fabric. I’m going to have to take pot luck and hope an online purchase choice will be pleasurably easy to sew. I know that it will be harder if the fabric doesn’t like staying flat, but rolls up at the edges, or is thin and flimsy. Is there anything else that I should avoid for a first attempt?
- I might have to read the overlocker manual.
Yes, I know this is a daft one! I really can’t be bothered to read the manual. It is enough to send me to sleep and it isn’t easy to find the specific bit that explains how to change a needle or anything else I may need to do.
- There is something else I need to sew
This is my current excuse. I have my Weaving Destination garment to sew at the moment for the fashion show. As it has to get to Edinburgh in time for the show, I need to prioritise this. Another excuse I keep giving myself is that I have lots of fabrics in my stash that I need to sew. Actually I don’t need to sew anything, this is just an excuse like all the rest!
- I’ll tackle this when I have some quality sewing time
Well, that isn’t going to happen, and you know it! I work, I’m a Mum, I’m lucky if I get an hour without interruption to sew. Just on Monday I woke up earlier than usual and decided that I should get up, rather than lounge about in bed for an extra half hour. Next thing I know, I’m sewing a French seam and I’m going to make myself late for work. The same evening I’m sewing another seam at nearly midnight. Most of my sewing gets down either when I’m only half-awake in the morning or half-alseep before bed. Quality sewing time, don’t make me laugh!
- I already have enough t-shirts
How long can I keep using this excuse? Yes, it is true I still have very serviceable t-shirts from my clothes-shopping days, but I’m now approaching the two-year stage in my fast and so possibly an extra t-shirt or two wouldn’t go amiss.