I have enrolled in Sewing with Knits class with Meg McElwee. When you enroll, you receive 5 pdf patterns to start sewing from the very first class. The scoop neck and V-Neck T-shirt pattern is one project to work with in this beginner’s class.
I have applied the techniques shown to work with knits without a serger. I have used my vintage Singer 401 sewing machine.
Material you need:
- A t-shirt pattern
- A walking foot that fits your sewing machine
- Wooly nylon thread for the bobbin to secure a stitch with some stretch
- A sewing machine with zig zag stitch capability
- Twin needles for a faux “cover hem” look (4.0 wide)
This is my very first attempt, and I think it went not too bad. I struggled binding the neck. I made a boo boo on the back of my shirt with my scissors trimming off excess fabric. And I am NOT pleased with the look of the hem. It turned out wavy. I used twin needles on my vintage sewing machine. It behaved overall well, however, the “tunneling” looks a little off in spite of pressing properly to make it look as flat as possible. Looking back, I should have released the pressure thumb on my vintage sewing machine. Maybe that made me stretch the hem, hence the wavy look. Note to myself: Test, test, test before doing a hem with twin needles. Make sure the tension and pressure is right.
I worked with a size Medium and it turned out to be a little bigger for me. This bump in my journey to sew flawless T-shirts won’t deter me at all. I am determined to master working with knits and sewing T-Shirts for my family.