Using Sewing Techniques with your knitting machine
I do almost equal amounts of sewing and knitting and often combine the two. Sometimes I make a garment like a sweatshirt or a T-shirt from bought fabric and then knit bands and cuffs to match on my machine.
My favourite sewing machine, a Bernina 730 is 53 years old and has no stretch stitches on it, so I use a 2.5mm twin needle for all my seams.
I set the machine to do a straight stitch, and sew - the seam produced stretches and is really neat.
I like to topstitch the hems and neckbands with a 4mm twin needle which gives a really professional finish.
Couching on knitting using the single cording foot.
Combine your knitting and sewing skills by making a T-Shirt.
Click Here for details. Photo shows knitted neckline sewn on to t-shirt neckline. Top stitching with twin needle round the neck and on the hem and the sleeve hems.
A water soluble stabiliser useful for buttonholes and embroidery on knitwear.
Click Here for details. Photo shows sewing machine made buttonholes on a band made using Interlock Stitch which gives a lovely firm band.
Interlock stitch information sheet (Brother only) 50p
I have used on buttonbands and for the backs of waistcoats. This stitch is also very easy on the Passap machine. See your instructions book for details.