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If you don’t always have the time (or the patience) to make a garment from start to finish, another great way to exercise your sewing capabilities is by giving the clothes you already own a little make over. In this edition of the nationally syndicated sewing show It’s Sew Easy, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving from Stitch magazine show you how to give a basic sweater a new edge with just a few snips and stitches. Check out their fun and easy project and get inspired to search your closet and let the make over begin!

It’s Sew Easy is a national sewing series available to all Public Television stations in the United States. Featuring appearances by sewers, crafters and designers like Janet Pray, Angela Wolf, and Suede from Season 5 of Project Runway; and partners like Brother, Rowenta, Coats & Clark and The Warm Company – It’s Sew Easy definitely isn’t your grandmother’s sewing show! For more information including video segments, project ideas and where to find participating stations in your hometown, check out their website at itsseweasytv.com!


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    Nov 11, 2012, 05.47 PMby workeroffice

    This looks really good practics

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    Jan 25, 2012, 12.33 AMby wardrobelady

    Indeed.I have some old fair isle sweaters I would like to make into sleeveless v-necked ones as worn in the 20s/30s/40s. Quite an effort I think and I don’t want to do any hand knitting as they are not hand knitted garments but are not lightweight either. Advice welcome

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    Dec 7, 2011, 03.20 AMby bunny-mcbones

    Yeah.. sewing with bulkier knits is definitely different. When I’ve altered bulkier sweaters, I normally make a casing out of t-shirt material and wrap the seam allowance with it. Either that or doing two rows of stitching. Just something to help keep the edge from unraveling. I’m working on one now that is too chunky to put through the machine, so I took out the seam rather than cutting it out and will hand-stitch the new seams, overlapping the fabric rather than turning it in. (Otherwise I’d have a really bulky seam!) I hope that makes sense..

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.56 PMby Okara42

    Hi, This is really a great idea! I’m curious as to the fabric of the sweater? It looks more like a t-shirt knit rather than a sweater – knitted. Could you do a blog using a knitted sweater. I know it would be trickier, but most of my sweaters are old, favourites I’d love to keep – if I could rework them.

    Thanks for any advice.

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