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I’ve been looking at refashion projects like this one and wondering if it’s possible to do the re-sewing process by hand? I have a couple of grossly oversized old sweaters that could benefit from this kind of treatment and an old sewing machine at home, but I’m sure the machine can’t serge and I’m not so sure it’s still sturdy enough to handle anything more complicated than a standard lockstitch—not to mention that I’m better at hand-sewing anyway, though I’ve only ever done woven fabrics so far (not knits).

Any ideas?


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    Aug 11, 2010, 08.16 AMby katexxxxxx

    For that weight of knit, you really DO need a serger/overlocker! Handling it to do the hand stitching will promote unravelling at the speed of light! And hand stitching really isn’t stretchy enough for this application.

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      Aug 13, 2010, 02.47 PMby lclausewitz

      Hmm. I’d better look forward to saving for a serger, then— though that’s probably going to take a rather long time.

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    Aug 11, 2010, 06.32 PMby magdamagda

    you can try and leave at least 2 cm seam allowance and stitch bias tape or some bordered textile tape around the edge where you cut to prevent the edges from unraveling on the inside… it would be recommendable to make a test first:)

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    Aug 12, 2010, 02.10 PMby bjr99

    You also might want to consider using a steek to cut apart the sweater. They are often used in knitting projects.


    This tutorial explains how it is done.

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    Aug 25, 2010, 10.24 PMby tanitisis

    I think you could add stretch to a hand-stitch the same way a regular sewing machine does, by zig-zagging or backstitching (two stitches forward, one stitch back). The big trick would be keeping the whole thing from unravelling before you get it sewn—-tape the edges and then bind them with lots of looping stitches? Time consuming, but cheaper than an overlocker!

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      Aug 29, 2010, 05.55 PMby mlssfshn

      and keeping tension even is another problem of hand sewing

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