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786 Goldstream Ave. Victoria BC. V9B 2X6

Sewing with Knits Series: Basic Knit T-Shirt

Here's what you might learn in a class:

  1. Machine Setup:

    • Adjusting the sewing machine for knit fabrics, including tension settings suitable for stretch fabrics.
    • Choosing the right needle, such as a ballpoint or stretch needle, to prevent snagging and ensure smooth stitches.
  2. Stitch Selection and Techniques:

    • Exploring stitch options suitable for knits, like a narrow zigzag stitch or a stretch stitch, which accommodate fabric stretch without breaking.
    • Learning techniques for handling seams, hems, and finishes suitable for stretch fabrics to maintain flexibility.
  3. Fabric Handling:

    • Understanding the properties of cotton/spandex knit, including stretch and recovery, and how to work with these characteristics.
    • Tips for cutting, pinning, and handling knit fabrics to prevent stretching or distortion while sewing.
  4. Fitting Tips from Bonnie:

    • Guidance on fitting knit garments to ensure they're comfortable and flattering.
    • Tips for adjusting patterns or making alterations specifically for cotton/spandex knit fabrics.
  5. Troubleshooting:

    • Identifying and addressing common issues when sewing with knits, such as puckering, skipped stitches, or stretching seams.
  6. Practical Projects:

    • Working on simple projects (like T-shirts, skirts, or basic tops) that allow for practice and application of techniques learned in class.
  7. Q&A and Individual Guidance:

    • Opportunities for questions, troubleshooting specific problems, and receiving individualized guidance on projects or techniques.


This type of class is invaluable for those wanting to venture into sewing with stretch fabrics. Learning how to properly handle these materials and adjust your sewing machine settings can significantly impact the quality of your finished garments. Additionally, having fitting tips included in the class can make a significant difference in achieving a well-fitted and comfortable garment.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: - sewing with knits - correct thread and needle for fabric type - shaping for body type
Materials Included: Fabric, Pattern & Thread
Requirements: No experience required.
Instructor: Bonnie Harper
Includes fees and materials for one T-shirt.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.