Sewing knits doesn’t have to be scary, had I read some of the comments floating around on the net it might have taken me a while to try my hand at them. Don’t get me wrong they do require some special handling but it is not hard at all. The best advice I can give is get yourself a book, some fabric and some time and getta playin.
Since I’m a sewing book addict, I thought I would share some of the books from my own library that deal with sewing knit fabrics. I am not doing complete book reviews here (maybe later though) but I hope this list and the little info does help.
1. Singer- How to Sew Fashion Knits by Judy Lawrence: This book was book was published in 1972 and is the oldest of the books I have on knits. Like all of the books it first goes over the various kinds of knits but only explains them, there are no pictures or illustrations to give you and idea of what they look like or how they hang. From there there the chapters are, pattern facts, sewing facts, the basic knit top, pants, the shell, skirts, v-necks, the placket, more zippers and trims, basic pattern design, knit suits and jackets, the suit jacket with edge trim, the alpaca sweater, sweaters, swimsuits, helpful hints and finally glossary. There are no pictures but it does have black and gray line drawings of the various techniques.
2. Sewing with Knits (Singer Sewing Reference Library)- Copyright 1992. Unlike the previous book this book contains very clear and detailed pictures of the various types of knits. Like the previous book this book shows you the different techniques used to sew knit fabrics and even breaks it down according to garment type. One of the pluses is that it shows you how to make some design variations of your own. If you are someone that needs or likes clear pictures to help guide you (and you can over look the very 80’s fashion), this book is for you.
3.Sewing with Knits Classic ,Stylish Garments by Connie Long- Published in 2000 by Taunton Press and holding true to Taunton books this book is like a mini class in sewing knits from what are knits, how they work, how to best choose your fabrics. Then she goes on how to sew the different types of knits including specialty knits. She even shows how to make some unique design variations. The book uses both illustrations and pictures, it even has some modeled garments. My only gripe is that with the garments they don’t tell you what the fabric is.
4. Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin with Eviana Hartman- Published 2008 and second in the Sew U series this book like the first was an instant hit. The biggest plus of this book and something which no other book on this list has, is PATTERNS. You get 3 full sized Simplicity patterns, a crewneck, a raglan tee, and a knit dress. With each of these she shows you how to make 6 different variations for a total of 18 projects. Want to get started on your handmade wardrobe? Like the previous books it covers sewing techniques and types, but uses color illustrations. For the patterns alone makes this book a big deal and plus to anyone new to sewing knits.
5.The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits by Alyson Clair– Published in 2014 this is one of the newest books to my library. At first I hesitated on getting this one since I already had good selection of books but this one focused a lot on sewing on a combination of machines including a coverstitch, but I especially got it on the Brother 1034D, which is the machine I have. This does go a bit into fitting and also uses pictures for showing.
6. Knits for Real People by Susan Neall and Patti Palmer- Published 2015 and is apart of the For Real People series. This is the newest book in my library but is totally unique in that it focuses a lot on fitting knit garments, something the other books only cover briefly. Like the other books in this series, it shows real women fitting first the tissue, making the needed adjustments and then the finished garment. This book uses both a combination of illustrations and pictures. For those who don’t have the space to carry a large library this is one book I think that has a lot of benefits.
Until next time, happy sewing…