Using Sewing Techniques with your knitting machine

Detail from "Sewing Sampler" sewn with Triple Cording foot.


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.

Sewing Sampler Front Cover

Sewing Sampler

Erica's book "Sewing Sampler" details 13 different techniques using your sewing machine to complement your machine knitting.

Click Here for details.


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.

Sewing Machine Feet

Using the most suitable foot for the task in hand makes it so much easier to produce good results. The Open Toed and the Cording are two of the most useful feet for your sewing machine.


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.
KR850 required.