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Old 09-11-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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Sewing together help!!!!!
Does anyone have a book/video/dvd recommendation for how to knit a sweater from beginning to end?? I have knit about 5 sweaters but always chicken out when it comes to the seaming the pieces together!!!

I get nervous and would like some step-by-step help (and hand holding) in the sewing together department. Any ideas/recommendations?

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Old 09-11-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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I don't know of a video for an entire sweater. Why don't you make a seamless one? That said...the only way to get better at seaming is to actually do it! Try making a bunch of swatches and go to the video section and practice mattress stitch. Also practice 3 needle bind off for shoulder seams. And then make more swatches and practice some more. OR use one of those sweaters for practice. What is the worst that can happen? You have a sweater that isn't seamed well and you can't wear it. Since you can't wear it now it'll be no loss, BUT maybe it'll turn out great! So get to it!

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When I made my first sweater I knew that i could take it to the yarn shop and pay them to seam it. But I thought, why don't i give it a try, or better yet, three tries and see what I can do. I was amazed at how well it turned out. True, I seamed the sleeve to the front edge but it was a neat looking seam before it was ripped out and done correctly.
Give it a go and if the first time doesn't work, try it again until you're happy with it. Jan's idea of seaming swatches is a good one and will let you experiment with different techniques.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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I cringed at the idea of finishing sweaters until I learned Mattress Stitch. It's amazing to see how beautiful the edges come together! (And it can be forgiving) Combined with 3-needle bind-off for the shoulders (also easy) you get some lovely seams.
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I too was nervous about seaming but practiced on a few swatches and then stitched up my very first knitted jumper a few months ago. It was very rewarding to take the plung and do it rather than being paralized with the fear of seaming. Mattress stitch is actually quite easy and I pinned my seam at regular intervals and that helped too. Watch the videos and go for it.
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