Sewing Ideas for Knits

by SaraD on April 6, 2011

Neckline finish with Stretch Magic

Neckline finish with Stretch Magic

I’m always looking for creative sewing ideas. Recently I made a knit skirt and jacket out of a beautiful raspberry rayon knit. The jacket pattern was Butterick B5049, which called for bias binding around the outside edge. That just seemed too bulky to me, so I started looking around for other ideas.

My first thought was maybe I could just fold over the raw edge and use a decorative stitch, rather like a narrow hem. But then I realized that whatever I do, it would need to stretch with the fabric.

Then I thought maybe I could get some elastic cord and use my couching foot to couch it in place. But my only options were white, black, silver and gold elastic cord. None of these really went with the color of the fabric. So I got some iDye and tried dying the elastic.

Half an hour later (enduring a rather stinky kitchen), I had a length of bright purple elastic cord. I couldn’t find iDye Poly in the right color, so I thought maybe I could get away with purple. It was okay, but not quite what I was going for.

Then I had a brainstorm – there should be some kind of beading cord that’s stretchy. Sure enough, a trip to Michael’s led to the discovery of Stretch Magic–a clear plastic, stretchy beading cord. I set up my machine, used a rayon thread that matched my jacket and a close, narrow zigzag stitch and ended up with a beautiful trim that is the same color as my jacket, but with a bit of shimmer. I’m looking forward to trying this idea with other garments.

Check out the step-by-step instructions at Great Neckline Finish for a Tshirt.


Megan April 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

This is great! And, beautiful! I love the cleanness/clearness of your blog’s look — very nice.

kristina April 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Yes this is very nice and I bet very useful for so many people.

Lyn April 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I like the clarity of your instructions. It makes me think even I could do this.

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