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How to sew a rib knit band onto a t-shirt, sleeve, etc. . .

Technique Materials

ballpoint sewing machine needle, polyester thread, rib knit fabric that matches your shirt, your shirt, the pattern, measuring tape,

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    Sep 2, 2010, 06.42 PMby cbacon

    Press, as in—Press with the hot iron and even steam, but press—do not iron across the fabric because that will distort it.

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    Mar 6, 2009, 08.24 AMby arsarca

    I think she means “press” as in apply pressure. With an iron. That’s turned off. It’s a bit confusing, isn’t it?

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    Nov 22, 2008, 03.49 PMby rcarter

    Hey, probably a stupid question, but can i please check what you mean by “Press, but do not iron” in the last step? Thanks!

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    Sep 20, 2007, 09.58 AMby nayantara

    You can use a very small zig-zag stitch width, maybe around 2. I didn’t use a serger for the ribbing, but you could as long as you are careful not to stretch too much!

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    Aug 29, 2007, 10.55 PMby tshores

    Won’t it stretch out of shape with a straight stitch? Do you use a zig-zag—if so, what width and length? What serger stitch would you use to attach the ribbing? Thanks!

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    Aug 22, 2007, 02.20 PMby patzee

    Really nice how-to. The photos are excellent. As a novice, I didn’t realize that it was “tubular” knits I needed.

    Thanks, Patzee

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    Aug 14, 2007, 09.31 AMby nayantara

    Hi Aimee,

    For V-necks and boat necks, the binding should be the same length as the neckline itself. I’m not sure I quite understand what you mean by binding in this case, but I would suggest making the binding as you sew it on the top, folding it over itself to cover the bindings raw edges while finishing the neckline. Try this on a scrap/sample first. I’d love to see this creation, and just send me a message if you have more questions or want to tell me about any problems you’re encountering.

    Thanks nayantara

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