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    sewing with t-shirt material

    Someone once told me that you need special equipment to be able to sew your own t-shirts because of the stretchiness of the knit fabric. Is this true or can I use my regular machine with maybe just a different foot? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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    I would think that you could sew with that jersey material t-shirts are made from if you either use a zig-zag on a "1" or "2" (i.e. 'slight') setting &/or stretch the material oh so carefully when it's under the foot... that or a serger. I don't think you need a different foot.

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    if your sewing machine has a zigzag or stretch stitch is is *possible* to sew knits. you don't stretch the material under the foot, and actually, the difficult thing is keeping the feed dogs from stretching the fabric too much as you sew. a walking or even-feed foot is the best way to accomplish this. they are a little pricey, but make quilting, sewing velvet or napped fabric, or stretchy fabrics possible, so i think they are worth it.

    sergers automatically trim the selvedge as they cut, so you can't get that perfect edge that you find on manufactured t-shirts without one. a lot of newer sewing machines have a good stretch stitch, and even basic machines usually have a zigzag.

    the current issue of Threads Magazine has an article on sewing jersey that you might want to check out.

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    Although my method requires a little more thread, I've had great luck with it:

    First do a long, sorta-loose, straight stitch along the individual edges that you want to join, and then sew as usual.

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    Thanks for the advice all. I think I actually do have a walking foot around somewhere... either way I'll try out all of your advice and see how it goes.

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    Make sure you get a ball point needle. They are recommended for sewing stretchy fabrics.


 

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