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I recently bought a gorgeous piece of knitted fabric which contains wool and angora. Now I’m terrified to cut it as I don’t want to ruin it. I have an overlocker and a sewing machine. Are there any tricks to prevent the fabric from running when you are manipulating it while sewing? Should I use a special thread in the overlocker and machine?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


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    Jan 27, 2012, 05.09 PMby patti-r

    Hello Margaret,

    Cut single layers, not on folds, use weights, avoid using pins if possible, tape shoulder seams to stabilize, clear elastic works well, hand or machine baste before Overlock(Use long stitch) do not stretch while sewing.

    Test overlock on scrap of sweater knit for correct stitch desired, do not use stretch feature on differential, loosen tension, set for long stitch, use 3 or 4 thread saftey lock stitch, again do not stretch the fabric while sewing. Wooly Nylon sometimes is used but not always needed.

    Others may have more tips.


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    Jan 29, 2012, 02.12 AMby mickeygirl

    If you are really afraid maybe mark the pattern outline in thread. then make some stay stitching by hand around the edges in the seam allowance before you cut out to avoid any stretching. It would really take some time.

    If you are making something with simple block shapes that would be easier than anything with curves. Handle the pieces very very carefully to avoid runs.

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