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Apr 7, 2016 10:20:09   #
Kenny440
 
Good Morning All,
I have been wondering about this for a bit and decided to ask you all for your knowledgeable input. I am ready to sew the seams of a baby cardi and have been putting it off. I really detest sewing up and never feel like I do a terrific job of mine. So I am wondering if any of you have ever sewn seams with sewing machine stitching. Would that work? Or will it pull the seams and distort them too much? Of course, I could try it and see what happens. But I am afraid of ruining the sweater, in the process of either stitching or the possible ripping out. If any of you have done this before, please tell me how it worked. Or didn't! Thanks a bunch. Have a great knitting day. Kenney
 
Apr 7, 2016 10:26:56   #
looseille
 
I did it once it looked awful and took an absolute age to unpick, but that could just be me. Why not knit two squares and sew two sides together on your machine and see what you think.
ps my seams always leave me wishing I was just that bit better
good luck
Apr 7, 2016 10:37:02   #
jvallas
 
I kind of hate to seam when it turns out looking less than "finished," and I kind of love to seam when I hit upon a really nice looking seam. I sometimes think people's dislike of it is less about hating to sew (I actually like sewing) and more about being afraid the finish won't look as good as the knitting. Maybe it's just me.

I keep telling myself to work up a bunch of swatches and practice seaming them together. Probably never going to happen, though!

I suspect you won't be all that happy with a machine seam, but it might depend on the fabric you've knit.
Apr 7, 2016 10:37:06   #
Kenny440
 
Thanks, Loo. I should probably just bite the bullet one of these days and teach myself some finer methods of seaming. Just one of those things I don't take the time to do. I am always eager to get working on the next big project. I would save myself a lot of frustration if I stopped and took the time to learn how to do it right. I'll add that to the ever-growing "To do" list.
Apr 7, 2016 10:41:56   #
prairiewmn
 
My suggestion if you want to machine stitch the seams, is to put a sheet of onion skin paper (very fine, see thru paper) on each side, upper and lower before feeding into the machine. This will keep the fibers from snagging on the feeder teeth. Then stitch with a narrow zig zag stitch so the seam has a little stretch. Do not tear off the paper till the seam meets your approval, so if you need to unpick, you can see the stitches.
Apr 7, 2016 10:42:52   #
jvallas
 
prairiewmn wrote:
My suggestion if you want to machine stitch the seams, is to put a sheet of onion skin paper (very fine, see thru paper) on each side, upper and lower before feeding into the machine. This will keep the fibers from snagging on the feeder teeth. Then stitch with a narrow zig zag stitch so the seam has a little stretch. Do not tear off the paper till the seam meets your approval, so if you need to unpick, you can see the stitches.
What great advice! :thumbup:
 
Apr 7, 2016 10:51:56   #
Kenny440
 
Wow Prariewmn, awesome idea. I do remember doing this when I was making all my children's clothes, oh so many years ago. Thanks for reminding me. Yeah, the more I think about it, the more inclined I am to just do a really good job of hand sewing. But thanks for the suggestions so far.
Apr 7, 2016 10:52:05   #
AnniePeanut
 
Kenny440 wrote:
Good Morning All,
I have been wondering about this for a bit and decided to ask you all for your knowledgeable input. I am ready to sew the seams of a baby cardi and have been putting it off. I really detest sewing up and never feel like I do a terrific job of mine. So I am wondering if any of you have ever sewn seams with sewing machine stitching. Would that work? Or will it pull the seams and distort them too much? Of course, I could try it and see what happens. But I am afraid of ruining the sweater, in the process of either stitching or the possible ripping out. If any of you have done this before, please tell me how it worked. Or didn't! Thanks a bunch. Have a great knitting day. Kenney
Good Morning All, br I have been wondering about t... (show quote)



I don't recommend sewing seams with a sewing machine. Knitted fabric has give (and is meant to) and sewing will stop that give where the seams are. The end result will be an uncomfortable to wear garment.

Not to mention that hand seaming will line up the knit stitches from one piece to the other and make an invisible join from knit stitch to knit stitch. That cannot be done with a sewing machine. Another issue to consider is calculating seam allowance.

One more issue with the idea of seaming with a sewing machine is the fact that it would be very difficult to get the knitted fabric sewn without having it stretch unevenly and possibly get caught and pulled on the needle or the foot that holds the fabric as it progresses.

Your sewing machine was made to sew fabric which is much different than knitting, I am afraid.

I recommend mattress stitch for seaming most items. It is simple, easy to learn and the result is a nice, even, invisible seam.

If you dislike seaming, why not try top down knitting? A much better alternative, IMO for knitter's who don't enjoy seaming! You can even convert your favorites to be knitted seamlessly!
Apr 7, 2016 10:55:57   #
Kenny440
 
Yes, I have made so many seamless garments recently. Don't know why I didn't make this newest one that way. But, at least it is a baby garment so the seams will be short. I think I will go watch some vids and see just how others do it. Thanks for the input.
Apr 7, 2016 10:59:18   #
galaxycraft
 
Kenny440 wrote:
Good Morning All,
I have been wondering about this for a bit and decided to ask you all for your knowledgeable input. I am ready to sew the seams of a baby cardi and have been putting it off. I really detest sewing up and never feel like I do a terrific job of mine. So I am wondering if any of you have ever sewn seams with sewing machine stitching. Would that work? Or will it pull the seams and distort them too much? Of course, I could try it and see what happens. But I am afraid of ruining the sweater, in the process of either stitching or the possible ripping out. If any of you have done this before, please tell me how it worked. Or didn't! Thanks a bunch. Have a great knitting day. Kenney
Good Morning All, br I have been wondering about t... (show quote)


Seams are incorporated into a pattern for a reason --- structure and stability.
Don't be afraid of hand seaming, once you get the hang or it, it will be second nature. :-)
I would view the different ways to seam -- some are even invisible or near invisible seaming.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sewing+seams+in+knitting
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ways+to+seam+in+knitting
Apr 7, 2016 11:04:27   #
galaxycraft
 
AnniePeanut wrote:
I don't recommend sewing seams with a sewing machine. Knitted fabric has give (and is meant to) and sewing will stop that give where the seams are. The end result will be an uncomfortable to wear garment.

Not to mention that hand seaming will line up the knit stitches from one piece to the other and make an invisible join from knit stitch to knit stitch. That cannot be done with a sewing machine.

Another issue to consider is seam allowance.

If you dislike seaming, why not try top down knitting? A much better alternative, IMO for knitter's who don't enjoy seaming!
I don't recommend sewing seams with a sewing machi... (show quote)
AnniePeanut wrote:
I don't recommend sewing seams with a sewing machine. Knitted fabric has give (and is meant to) and sewing will stop that give where the seams are. The end result will be an uncomfortable to wear garment.

Not to mention that hand seaming will line up the knit stitches from one piece to the other and make an invisible join from knit stitch to knit stitch. That cannot be done with a sewing machine. Another issue to consider is calculating seam allowance.

One more issue with the idea of seaming with a sewing machine is the fact that it would be very difficult to get the knitted fabric sewn without having it stretch unevenly and possibly get caught and pulled on the needle or the foot that holds the fabric as it progresses.

Your sewing machine was made to sew fabric which is much different than knitting, I am afraid.

I recommend mattress stitch for seaming most items. It is simple, easy to learn and the result is a nice, even, invisible seam.

If you dislike seaming, why not try top down knitting? A much better alternative, IMO for knitter's who don't enjoy seaming! You can even convert your favorites to be knitted seamlessly!
I don't recommend sewing seams with a sewing machi... (show quote)
 
Apr 7, 2016 11:06:37   #
galaxycraft
 
prairiewmn wrote:
My suggestion if you want to machine stitch the seams, is to put a sheet of onion skin paper (very fine, see thru paper) on each side, upper and lower before feeding into the machine. This will keep the fibers from snagging on the feeder teeth. Then stitch with a narrow zig zag stitch so the seam has a little stretch. Do not tear off the paper till the seam meets your approval, so if you need to unpick, you can see the stitches.
:thumbup: Though in recent years, I have limited the machine sewing to insert zippers.
Apr 7, 2016 11:08:37   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
Seaming, like any aspect of knitting or crocheting takes time and practice to perfect.

galaxycraft has posted an excellent link.

Some have used a sewing machine to seam but as other have pointed out, the results are often less than desirable. Not only do you have to be concerned with the presser foot catching stitches you also have to be sure that the stitches line up from one piece to the other. This would involve the use of an even feed foot, though still no guarantee.

You are also going to have the issue of stitches being split by the sewing machine needle in addition to the ease of the garment being impacted.
Apr 7, 2016 11:08:38   #
galaxycraft
 
jvallas wrote:
I kind of hate to seam when it turns out looking less than "finished," and I kind of love to seam when I hit upon a really nice looking seam. I sometimes think people's dislike of it is less about hating to sew (I actually like sewing) and more about being afraid the finish won't look as good as the knitting. Maybe it's just me.

I keep telling myself to work up a bunch of swatches and practice seaming them together. Probably never going to happen, though!

I suspect you won't be all that happy with a machine seam, but it might depend on the fabric you've knit.
I kind of hate to seam when it turns out looking l... (show quote)

We are our own worst critiques sometimes. ;-)
Apr 7, 2016 12:21:01   #
jvallas
 
galaxycraft wrote:
We are our own worst critiques sometimes. ;-)

Indeed! :)
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