Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hemming Knit Pants - An Experiment

Hemming Knit Pants - An Experiment

I recently turned several pairs of my daughter’s leggings into shorts in preparation for summer. You can catch this post and several others about extending the wear of kids’ clothes this upcoming week! I decided to try out several different methods for hemming the new shorts to see what would give the best look. The fabric used for this experiment is from a pair of leggings. It is a medium weight and probably a double or ponte type knit. Also, we are having problems with Google Docs and Blogger right now. We aren't able to publish pictures with text boxes anymore. Hopefully we can find a solution to this problem soon.

Up first is the walking foot (from top to bottom)
  1. Double needle with tear-away stabilizer - This gave the best results. The wrong side has a zig-zag stitch that gives a good amount of stretch. The biggest pain is tearing away the stabilizer afterwards.
  2. Double needle without stabilizer - I did not like the results of this one. Between the two stitch lines is a bump of fabric that is fairly noticeable.
  3. Stretch stitch without stabilizer - This was great for a single hem. Downside is with my walking foot the back and forth motion of the stretch stitch results in the foot catching and pulling the threads of the fabric and essentially getting stuck.
From top to bottom: (A) Stabilizer (B)  Without stabilizer (C) Stretch stitch

No Walking Foot (from top to bottom)
  1. Stretch stitch sewn twice - Works well, just have to sew the hem twice. This can sometimes result in a wavy hem though.
  2. Small zig-zag - This worked fine, but you can tell it is a zig-zag stitch. This stitch had good stretch.
  3. Double needle without stabilizer - The fabric had trouble staying in line and the lovely bump is very prominent between the two stitch lines
  4. Double needle with stabilizer - Again had trouble keeping the fabric lined up and still had a bump, just not as prominent
From top to bottom: (A) Two rows of stretch stitch (B)  Small zig-zag (C) Top stitching on bottom fabric is without
without stabilizer (D) Bottom stitching on bottom fabric is with stabilizer

Overall my favorite method was the double needle with walking foot and stabilizer. My favorite stitch without the walking foot was the stretch stitch (single and double). I hope this little experiment helps you solve your knit hemming problems! What do you do to help sew with knits?

Written by: Shawna

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