Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits: Flat piping knits using elastic!

This is one of those happy accidents of sewing! I’ve tried it with both fold-over elastic and picot elastic, and they both work well. I’ve got a rainbow stash of elastics ordered off Etsy, so expect plenty of piping in the future! Here’s how:  First, serge the elastic onto the edge of the fabric. (I … More Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits: Flat piping knits using elastic!

Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits: Setting a Sleeve Flat

Confession: I really don’t think I’ve ever set in a woven sleeve properly. I ALWAYS have little gathers! One of the many reasons that I love sewing with knits is that sewing sleeves is completely painless and foolproof. No gathered basting stitches, no fancy matching of notches…. just a couple of pins and one quick … More Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits: Setting a Sleeve Flat

Lazy Tips for Sewing (Any Fabric): Easing Circle Skirt Hems with a Serger

I’ve been doing a lot of unselfish (but oh so fun) sewing for other people lately, including 3 dresses and a top for my sister and as many shirts and pants as possible for my baby niece! As a result, I’ve got nothing to blog! Instead, I’ll give you another lazy tip: When hemming circle … More Lazy Tips for Sewing (Any Fabric): Easing Circle Skirt Hems with a Serger

Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits: Choosing the right length for a knit neckband

Time for another lazy tip! Last time I talk about how to sew a basic tee, which almost always involves a folded band stretched and sewn around the neck. Being supremely lazy, I never bother with the pattern piece for the bands. It’s not just laziness, either… Ever knit has such different stretch and recovery … More Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits: Choosing the right length for a knit neckband