You know I love sewing with stretchy fabrics. What else you can make a new lovely outfit in less than 2 hours that will fit perfectly, will be easy to wear and care. Winner! However Knits have a serious ‘hard to work’ reputation, and many sewists had in the past a scary experience making they never try again. Do share yours on the comment if this is the case for you.
Now, lets talk about Nancy’s book.
It starts by explaining a wide variety of knit fabrics and how to best choose and prepare them for your projects. I never have really thought about knit fabrics qualities such as stretch factor and appearance.
One of the questions I hear often is how to prepare the fabric before sewing and you will see it tackled in this book. Part of Chapter 01: Fabric types; Weft vs.Warp; Knit preparation tips.
Like other sewing books, there is a chapter about tools with all the basics, including widely known tips as using ball point needles and polyester thread. I found quite interesting the section about different elastic. It is so well written and complete. I didn’t know there were so many and it would definitely help those who want to sew lingerie. On Chapter 02 you will learn about what best styles work for knits and how to pair patterns and fabric.
Check Chapter 03 on how to: Pattern layout for knit; Seam; Interfacing; Elastics; Necklines; Pockets; Buttonhole; Quick Placket; Hems; Zipper.
Don’t want boring projects?Nancy helps you try creative finishing and embellishing options such as flounces, ruffles, picot stitching or lettuce edging on Chapter 04: Finishing touches; Embellishments; Embroidery on knits.
The book teaches all the basics with clear language, illustrations and photographs. You also have the opportunity to apply your new skills on 5 fully illustrated step-by-step projects on Chapter 05.
The projects aren’t really my aesthetic but I can see myself using all the techniques explained.
I really loved the tips along the way and think this is a lovely addition to my sewing library, complementing my other knit specific books. Nancy is quite know for her short cuts and nifty sewing techniques, and this book don’t disappoint.
Nancy has a few videos you may find helpful.
Sew knits with confidence part 1
Sew knits with confidence part 2