Posts Tagged ‘alterations knitted tops’
Tops that have been hand knitted can be altered. I have had success using the walking foot. This foot can be purchased as mosts shops that sell sewing machines, or in haberdashery shops. They range in price but are around $60.00. The foot literally WALKS over the knit. They are also excellent for leather. The normal sewing machine foot can tend to stretch the knit as you sew.
If you are taking in a knitted top, sew the sides in as you would any other garment, although I feel it is better to ensure that the sleeves are on the round. That means, I don’t sew through from the sleeves to the sides. I sew the side and the sleeve separately, then sew the sleeve last.
If you are shortening the top from the sleeve area, and the knitted top is too big, generally you can sew the shoulder and the sleeve at the same time, without taking the sleeve out. Just make sure again that you sew it on the round. I also usually never iron the garment after altering. It can squash the knit.
Judith aka genie