Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-20-2006, 03:28 PM   #1
CarmenIbanez
Grafting the Toe
 
CarmenIbanez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Southern California Desert
Posts: 5,994
Thanks: 16
Thanked 62 Times in 57 Posts
Using a sewing machine for seaming.
I have recently been given a sewing machine and I was thinking that I would love to use it to seam my sweaters. Doesn anyone else do this? I am not talking about a serger. That cuts fabric as you hem/seam. I am talking about using a machine instead of hand seaming.

Thoughts?
CarmenIbanez is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 11-20-2006, 03:39 PM   #2
janelanespaintbrush
Working the Gusset
 
janelanespaintbrush's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,824
Thanks: 9
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Knitting is a lot thicker than regular fabric, so that might be a consideration. I don't sew much, but I hemmed some jeans once and I had to get a special doohickey to be able to go over the thick parts. People do use sewing machines for steeking, though, so it must be possible. Oh wait -- I think for steeking, you'd only be going over one layer to reinforce the cut edge, maybe? It might be harder to sew two layers together.
__________________
~Jane

There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit. So if anybody kindly tells you that what you are doing is "wrong," don't take umbrage; they mean well. Smile submissively, and listen, keeping your disagreement on an entirely mental level. They may be right, in this particular case, and even if not, they may drop off pieces of information which will come in very handy if you file them away carefully in your brain for future reference. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman
janelanespaintbrush is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 03:47 PM   #3
newamy
Working the Gusset
 
newamy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,079
Thanks: 464
Thanked 257 Times in 222 Posts
I wouldn't try it. It would be too thick. As someone who could sew before I could knit I have given it some thought but wouldn't try it. A new heavy duty fancy maching might be able to manage it but I don't think the end result would look as nice as seaming, seaming looks like knitting, not two peices of fabric joined together.
I know a machine is used when putting in steeks but then one is only stitching through one layer of knitting not two. Also the seam is used as a temporary hold, it doesn't stay in once the garment is finished. The sewing thread may not be strong enough to hold yarn in a sturdy seam.
Also the bobbin mechanism picks up a great deal of lint just sewing regular fabric, it could be worse with sewing yarn. Or if it is too thick for the machine it could foul up the machine's tension.

Those are my thoughts on the matter. But someone else may have a different opinion.
__________________
May Peace Prevail on Earth.



I'm newamy on
newamy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2006, 04:51 PM   #4
humblestumble
Working the Gusset
 
humblestumble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: South Texas
Posts: 1,768
Thanks: 15
Thanked 16 Times in 11 Posts
Send a message via AIM to humblestumble Send a message via Yahoo to humblestumble
I sew pretty regularly, and I'd say that if you sew the side seams of a handknit garment, it could really affect the drape of the sweater. This is because the machine stitches are much closer together, therefore the sweater wouldn't be able to hang as freely from the sides as it does elsewhere. Also, the stitches made with a machine, in a machine stitched handknit garment, may not be strong enough to support the weight so they might break through wearing. The side seams would also be pretty visible because they wouldn't be as loose as when you hand seam them.

I've never sewn a handknit garment before, but this is what I believe would happen. I think it would also depend on the weight of the yarn of the sweater.
__________________
-Angela

http://www.amsfineart.com

humblestumble is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SEWING MACHINE - HELP!! bailsmom The Lounge 19 08-24-2007 11:35 PM
can I use my sewing machine Ellieblue How-to Questions 6 06-13-2007 07:29 PM
should i buy a sewing machine? mdog182 General Knitting 9 05-07-2007 08:46 PM
OT: Sewing Machine help HeatherFeather General Knitting 13 05-03-2007 09:33 AM
OT: My new toy (sewing machine) Silver General Knitting 9 05-01-2007 03:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:32 AM.