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Sewing with Knits: Classic, Stylish Garments from Swimsuits to Eveningwear (Focus on Fabric) Paperback – March 1, 2000

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The very characteristic that makes knits so comfortable to wear--the stretch--often frightens the home sewer. Connie Long's Sewing with Knits does away with the intimidation by demystifying all aspects of knitwear construction: layout and cutting, sewing smooth seams, edge finishing, inserting zippers, making buttonholes, and more. Long also teaches readers to achieve creative looks with fabric piecing and color blocking, and a chapter devoted to specialty knits explains how to work with swimsuit fabrics, stretch velvets and other napped knits, synthetic fleece, and novelty stretch. A very helpful chart shows at a glance exactly what techniques to use for seams, hems, and necklines for 15 different kinds of knit fabrics. Sewers already comfortable with the basics of working with wovens will find expert guidance on moving into the knitwear realm. --Amy Handy

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Sewing with knits can be tricky owing to the varying degrees of stretch inherent in the wide variety of stretch fabrics available today. Long, a frequent contributor to Threads magazine, covers techniques for working with a variety of stretch fabrics such as swimwear knits, Raschel knits, stretch velvet, and synthetic fleece. Full-color illustrations, line drawings, and a resource list nicely complement the text. The third in Taunton's "Focus on Fabric" series, this book is an excellent choice for public library sewing collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Focus on Fabric
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561583111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561583119
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the one! Connie Long has given both novice and seasoned sewists a comprehensive, yet eminently readable text on knit fabrics. She's unlocked the mystery of sewing with these desirable fabrics by starting at the beginning -- clear explanations of what's what when it comes to the different types of knit fabrics. And I'm not just talking about grandma's poly double knits, either! Matte Jerseys, slinkys, lace and sweater knits are all discussed. Then she takes the reader through every step of garment construction -- from pattern and fabric selection, layout and cutting, seaming, and finishing -- all with clear, concise instructions relevant to the unique characteristics of this fabric. At the end of the journey for the sewist are high-style fashions, with finishes and details that are often better than off-the-rack garments. Deserving special mention are the abundance of color photographs -- the next best thing to having the author at your side while you sew, I think! Highly recommended.
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This book is a wonderful resource to have. After years of struggling while sewing knit fabrics, this book has provided me with the solutions I needed. I read it cover to cover when I first bought it and now use it as a reference. The photos that demonstrate techniques are very helpful. The only thing I did not care for were all of the photos of the models in ballet costumes. I would have preferred to see everyday people wearing classic knit clothing. Most of us don't spend our days 'on pointe'!! I would recommend this book.
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this is the definitive book on knits. i bought it because it was pretty much the only one, but now i know why. everything is covered from needles to the different types of knits and how they are formed, which helps to understand how they behave. i also didn't care for all of the ballet and oversized knits. everyday people with well fitting knit clothing would've been more inspirational. the only thing i wish there was more of was troubleshooting - i found the solution to my problem in a sidebar. wish there was a chart on that or something.

i do recommend this book highly.
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn how to sew with knit fabrics. The author describes varies types of knit fabrics and appropriate type of seam finishes. There are recommendations for choosing the right sewing machine needles. I really like this book and found the illustrations helpful.
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This book teaches how to do lovely decorative stitching with different sewing machines. It shows how do Inlay Styles
and explains different Fabric Weaves and how to Prevent Looping or Raveling.

Beautiful edges shown are: Lettuce-leaf, Picot, and Shell.

I figured out the reason a Ballerina poses in the photos - is to illustrate how well stretch knit garments can move when properly sewn.

Not "SCARED" to cut and sew knit and stretch fabrics any longer. Yaaaa :)
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wonder insiteful instruction and help for persons new to using these materials. Interfacing and stabilizing is covered pretty well.
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I actaully bought this for a friend who sews a lot with knits. She told me it was a wonderful book and she felt it was user friendly and gave her a lot of information that
she didn't already know.
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I've owned this book for a long time and I go back to it time and time again. It never fails with useful information on the many different types of knits. The easy to read charts for every kind of knit from double knit to swimwear is worth the price of the book alone. I find the settings Connie Long suggests are just as good if not better than the standard stretch stitch that comes on most machines.If you sew with knits, buy this book.
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