Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Finished: Kwik Sew 3013

It's been many months since I've posted a "Finished:" post.  It's been many months since I've posted any post. I haven't had a mojo for sewing or blogging.  I've sewn more wadders than successes.  It's best not to sew when your mojo is gone.  When a project turned out well,  dragging out the backdrop, tripod and camera seemed too much effort.  Finally,  I finished an easy project at the same time my laziness didn't prevent me from taking a picture and writing a blog post.

Kwik Sew 3013:  Click for PR review
I wanted a simple knit top to wear around the house.  I love wearing knits, but I don't love sewing them.   The cut edges rolled up, one of the things I hate most about sewing knits, but because it's a heavier weight, the roll-up was manageable.  This top is so comfortable, I didn't want to take it off after taking the photograph.  Previously, I made this top using a medium weight knit, but it just didn't look right when I finished.  Choosing the wrong fabric is a mistake I keep making over and over again.

I used one of my machines functional stitches, the double overlock stitch,  for decorative hems and neckline.  It adds a little ready-to-wear look to the simple top.

Now that my sewing mojo (and maybe even my blogging mojo) is back, I may get back to more challenging projects.


11 comments:

  1. I too love knit tops and hate to sew them. the neck never turns out exactly the way I visualize it. Hang in there!

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  2. I was just thinking about you the other day. Nice to see you back. I like the neckline stitch. I'm going to experiment with my machine and see what I can come up with. I usually do a twin needle andget frustrated with the tunnelling that happens. Yours sits nicely. I agree about knit tops at home. I have an entire wardrobe of what I call my 'soft clothes' that I change into as soon as I get in the door.

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  3. It looks great and I love that color. I can also co-miserate since fabric/pattern mismatch is one of biggest failings. Your project today, is an overwhelming success.

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  4. There's a trick to curly knits- spray starch! As soon as you cut it out take it to the ironing board and starch the edges usually from the wrong side or else you'll be fighting the curl as you press and press until dry. There's definately a small learning curve on using the starch (too soon after you spray/or too heavy a spray will stick to the iron is one) it most definately makes working with them much easier. I even use it on slippery knits that don't curl. It gives some tooth to the fabric and makes it less slippery to work with.

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  5. Good to hear from you! Your top looks great, and I'm glad you're happy with it. There's nothing worse than a string of wadders. It does nothing to feed the sewing mojo! You're wise to know there's no sense forcing it when you don't feel like sewing or blogging. When I go through times like that, I try to remind myself that my creative self is rejuvenating, even when it doesn't seem to be. I'm glad you're back!

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  6. Oh, I love that finishing stitch. Wish I had a similar one on my machine. Nice work.

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  7. Missed you-glad you decided to post on your blog which I always read. I have a bernina -hope I can figure out which stitch you used as sometimes it would be handy to use the machine stitch. I mostly use a coverstitch on knits but sometimes only have one spool of a weird color and it would be nice to use this option. I think this stitch was a great looking choice that you used. I want to try that.

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    1. On my 430, it was stitch #8 - double overlock.

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    2. Thanks I will go have a look in my manual at the stitches and highlight it. I just bought the kwik sew pattern as well over on etsy. This looks like a shirt I'd live in a lot of days all year long. I'm so happy you posted this.

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  8. Isabel's DaughterJanuary 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Glad to see you back. The top looks great, perfect for your purpose.

    Ernestine

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