In August I will start a new chapter in my life. My work as a Certified Medication Aid will come to an end and my new job as a Payroll Specialist will begin. What this means is an opportunity to teach more as I will have a set schedule instead of rotating days off. I will be able to plan classes for Saturdays. Evenings too. I’m also in search of a space to rent for teaching. I’ve been teaching at my dining room table, but I find that is sometimes a hassle when my house is a mess. And it’s a mess more often than not! I’m excited to say the least. God has been blessing my socks off. So say a prayer for me and stay tuned for tutorials, projects and more fun as I start my new chapter of life.
I’ve been sewing with knits since making sweats for my children 25 years ago. Wow, that seems like a long time. Anyway, I’ve read many times over these years that you are supposed to use a special needle called a ‘stretch’ needle. Up until recently, I never had to use one. Apparently, you don’t need one for every project. Sewing sweats, t-shirts, shorts and even nylon slips worked just fine with the regular 80/12 universal needle I bought at the local sewing/fabric store. A month ago I started working on a cute skirt pattern from Deby Coles. See her website link in the column at the right of this page. I downloaded her pattern for the Flirty Skirty. Cute name. Anyway, I used a couple yards of flowy knit fabric with a wild print that I ordered from fabric.com. All the serging of seams went well. No special needles required. I used a regular sewing machine for the elastic casing and the hem. The casing didn’t really look too good but its not going to show so I didn’t worry about it. But the hem was a different story. It was going to show. A lot. I tried a regular needle. Then a bigger needle. Then a smaller needle. I researched online and found the recommendations were to use a stretch needle. But since I never had to use one before, I figured I wouldn’t need one and I could surely find a way around it. I tried a microtex needle then a jersey needle. Several trips to Joann’s later I finally decided that I should maybe try the stretch needle. I also put strips of lightweight knit interfacing in the hem. After many tries, many needles and many moments of frustration, I had a beautiful hem on a very cute skirt. I will probably still try all sorts of different ways to do things, but it’s nice to know someone has already figured out the right way to do it