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Old 08-24-2005, 10:07 PM   #1
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Selvage stitch advice
Ok, I did my first item with sleeves a little while ago, and I left a selvage stitch (st st) on the edges of the armholes and sleeves instead of doing decreases on the edges because I thought it would be easier to seam. So the seaming went fine, but some of the stitches seem very loose on the left-leaning decrease parts (I think).

Is this due to the selvage stitch? Or did I seam it funny? Do you guys use selvage stitches on sleeves? I would think it could be that I just didn't do the seaming evenly, but both sleeves are fine on one side and hole-y on the other. I'd like to figure out why this happened before I do my next sleeved item.

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Old 08-24-2005, 10:10 PM   #2
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Is it possible you only picked up half the stitch?
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:14 PM   #3
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Hmm, I guess that could be possible. It seemed odd to me that it happened in the same location on both sleeves though. Maybe I just wasn't being careful enough. I'm usually not. :rollseyes:
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:16 PM   #4
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It may be that the decrease that you used on that side was deceiving when it came to picking up the stitches to sew.
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:54 PM   #5
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I looked at it again and I seem to have gotten the whole stitch--maybe I just didn't seam tight enough in those areas. Weird...thanks for your help, though.
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Old 08-25-2005, 06:45 PM   #6
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Let us know how it turns out.
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Thanks Maggie, I think I'm leaving these ones as is but I'll let you know on my next sweater. Oh, and while I'm getting advice, how are sleeves usually seamed? I used a crochet slip stitch. Would mattress stitch work better? Any other options?

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Mattress, mattress, mattress. I used to hate finishing sweaters because I only knew to backstitch and the seams always turned out lumpy. Once I learned how to weave them, it was a whole different ballgame.
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Thanks, Ingrid. Maybe that will help too!
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what is a selvage stitch?
what is a selvage stitch? How do you make one?
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