I am incredibly excited about a very wonky sewing thing. Where to start?
Let’s see, for years I sewed on an older sewing machine that did everything from knits to quilting to embroidery until it broke. Sad face.
I decided to get a more sturdy, more metal, straight stitch only Brother 1500 which I love, but is no good for sewing knits, because you can’t do any special stretch stitches.
Then two years ago, I ran across a Brother Serger for $60 (which is an amazing deal) So now I have a serger, and can sew knits, but I CAN’T HEM THEM or do any top stitching unless I buy a fourth sewing machine.
The basic issue is, because knit fabrics (like a t-shirt or swim suit) are stretchy, the sewing stitch and/or thread has to stretch too, or the thread will break and your clothes fall apart.
Since I can’t do a stretch stitch, I can get around this issue by using stretch thread. Essentially, this $9 spool of thread has saved me hundreds of dollars on a new sewing machine.
Because I am over the moon about this new technique, I’m sharing it on The Sewing Lofts Tools and Techniques Entry for her September Sewing Month link up.
I just got the thread a few days ago, and the first thing I hemmed was this coral horse dress, using fabric from Girl Charlee. It is using the Sunshine Dress by Pattern for Pirates with my lined bodice hack that I wrote about here.
I have both a lot and nothing to say about this dress. I was very excited about it, but feel very meh with how I feel wearing the finished product. I am trying to decide whether I want to have it with the belt or with out – leaning towards with out the belt.
The fabric is light weight which I thought would feel nice in the dress, but it feels almost too flimsy. It may grow on me! I also want to try it with a cardigan, which as the weather is cooling, is how I’m going to be wearing it. Please note the water droplets in this photo – my toddler was spraying me with the hose.
But the real take away is – it was SO EASY to hem with this new stretch thread.