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Old 12-04-2010, 09:00 PM   #161
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I'll be doing my first steeking in a week or so... yikes! It's non-wool so I'm doing some extra securing first.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:21 PM   #162
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I'll be doing my first steeking in a week or so... yikes! It's non-wool so I'm doing some extra securing first.
What is steeking?
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:35 AM   #163
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Originally Posted by ewalker View Post
What is steeking?
Steeking is when you cut your knitting. Look at the pictures in this thread and you'll see how Ingrid did a sweater. It's usually done with a feltable wool even though you don't usually felt it. It's done with wool like that so that the little guard hairs on the wool cling together preventing it from unraveling.

Because my sweater is not feltable wool I am going to use both a crocheted steek and the sewing machine to secure it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:55 AM   #164
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Good for you Jan! Remember EZ's advice and after you cut for the first time, lie down in a darkened room for a bit.
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Good for you Jan! Remember EZ's advice and after you cut for the first time, lie down in a darkened room for a bit.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:00 PM   #166
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Question about sewing machine steeks.. I tried zigzag on my swatch and made a mess. It stretched out the fabric and of course I forgot to move the ends out of the way.. Do you use straight sewing machine stitching? One row on either side? Do you have to adjust anything?
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:25 PM   #167
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I've only used straight stitching, as small as the machine would allow the knitted fabric to still go through.
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Okay...one row or two on either side of the steek?
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To be safe, I've done two on each side, mainly since I don't get along with my sewing machine. If you also crocheted, as you mentioned, one should be fine.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:46 PM   #170
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Thanks, Ingrid. I'm making a few more swatches to try again. Thank heavens I didn't try it on my sweater first!
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