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Old 06-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Machine Sewing Steeks - What Kind of Sewing Machine?
Hi there!
I hope someone with sewing experience can help me out.

I would like to be able to knit some fair isle sweaters with steeks in non-traditional yarns such as cotton blends. I will need to machine sew these steeks. Does anyone have any advice about what I need to look for in a sewing machine?
I know nothing about sewing machines.
I assume that the thickness of the yarn vs. fabrics will be an issue. I need to be able to sew up different thicknesses of yarn, but only straight steeks, no embroidery or anything. I am very confused by all the different machines out there. I haven't yet found a sewing resource that covers this topic.
Could I get away with a handheld sewing machine?

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Old 06-01-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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I've seen the "machine sewing" of the steeks on a video on KDTV. But I've also seen the carefullly "hand stitching" the steek, too.

I took a COLORWORK class a few years ago. Sandy Blue, from Rowan, excels in Fair Isle. She taught us to hand stitch a protective line inside the steek. If you carefully take small stitches, it will protect your knitting.

Besides, as Sandy taught us...knitting doesn't ravel sideways. The stitching step is taken just as a precaution, and to make you feel better about the CUTTING.

IMHO, you don't need to run out and buy a sewing machine for the sake of protecting the steek issue.

But here is a tutorial that expands on all sorts of Fair Isle steeking...including crochet, machine, hand sewing.
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I think for anyone who has ever sewn the hand held gizmo would be a nightmare. I've not sewn hand knitted fabric but I think my sewing machine, a cheap Singer that I've had since the early 90s would do just fine, I've sewn just about everything else on it.

I doubt there will be anything not covered in AL's link but here's another I came across earlier today when I was looking for something else. http://fairisleknitting.blogspot.com...***-it-on.html You'll have to scroll down to the part about steeking.
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Whether you need to or not also depends on the fiber you use. Feltable wool yarn is less risky, but acrylic is a must. I honestly don't know how a hand held would work so I can't address that. I have friends who used wool and secured it with crochet. IMO a swatch would be the best way to test different methods of securing steeks.

Here's a thread where it's been discussed.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=32102
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I am not a sewing person, but I bought a basic sewing machine specifically for steeks. Nothing special. It helps to put some tissue (the wrapping paper kind) under the stitches to keep the yarn from getting caught, but if I managed, anyone can.
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Hi Artlady1981!

Thank you for getting back to me so fast. That is an interesting idea about hand sewing. I don't know why I didn't think of it.
I guess I could do a swatch to see how it goes, because I am quite possibly the Worst Hand Sewer ever!
I would still like to get a machine because if I want to continue knitting it will be without wool most of the time. My lanolin allergy is becoming more serious.

I didn't find too much about Sandy Blue online. Is this one of her patterns? Did you take this class in person? Would I need to join Rowan to get access to it?

I love that tutorial! I think I might email her and see if she has any suggestions for machine specs.
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Ingrid, thank you!
I remember my grandmother did that all the time. I can (almost) visualize how the tissue would keep it from pulling.
Would this be an example of a basic machine?
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Jan, that is the bestest link! Thank you. I now have it saved for future reference.

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That could be a useful sewing machine. Good for steeks, I don't know. One thing: Some of those small machines have a push button and not a foot feed for making them go. I think the button ones might not be a good idea, you would want the foot feed. IMO
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GG! Wow, that's a helpful little paragraph she has there. I understand the stitch length bit I think and I will be looking up the walking foot thing. I love her idea about practicing on an old sweater. I have one that I could try turning into a cardigan.
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