Stretch Yourself // Learn to Sew Knits

This series is sponsored by Baby Lock.  For over 40 years, Baby Lock has been dedicated to the love of sewing by creating machines for sewing, embroidery, quilting and serging – all with ease-of-use, high quality and a touch of elegance.

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Welcome to Stretch Yourself with Mad Mim and One Little Minute! It’s a new year, and the perfect time to put aside any apprehensions you may have about sewing with knits. Miriam and I have filled the next two weeks with information, tutorials, pattern reviews, giveaways, and guest projects all focused on teaching you how to sew with knit fabric. If you already feel comfortable with knits, we think you might learn something new. If you don’t know how to sew, this is a great time to learn! We have been working on this series since the idea was born last July, and we have tried hard to ensure that there is something here for everyone.

The first week will be all tutorials and information. The schedule will go as follows (I’ll update the links as the weeks continue):

Monday, January 7th: Knit Fabrics and Selection at One Little Minute // Cutting Knit Fabric at Mad Mim

Tuesday, January 8th: Making a Pattern from a Tee Shirt at One Little Minute // Drafting a Tee Pattern from Measurements at Mad Mim

Wednesday, January 9th: Basic Tee Shirt Construction at One Little Minute // Finishing Techniques for Knit Fabric at Mad Mim

Thursday, January 10th: Tee Shirt Dress Variation at One Little Minute // Peplum Tee Variation at Mad Mim

Friday, January 11th: Drafting and Sewing Leggings at One Little Minute // Drafting and Sewing a Maxi Skirt at Mad Mim

Saturday, Januraty 12th: Serger and Coverstitch Techniques at One Little Minute // Threading and Setting Up the Baby Lock Diana at Mad Mim

Whew! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about sewing with knits, right? We’ve been sewing our nights away in preparation for this series, and are so thrilled with the piles of finished clothing that we’ve made. Everything is super basic but with endless variations. We hope you’ll find some stretchy fabric this week and sew along with us!

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Next week will be all about pattern reviews and guest projects. The schedule for week two looks like this:

Monday, January 14th: Sewaholic Renfrew Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Guest Projects at I Still Love You + Feather’s Flights

Tuesday, January 15th: Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Guest Projects at Skirtastop + Elle Apparel

Wednesday, January 16th: Victory Lola Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Guest Projects at Very Purple Person + Sew Fearless

Thursday, January 17th: Figgy’s Banyan Tee Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Guest Projects at Anu*Miki + Paunnet

Friday, January 18th: Megan Nielsen Briar Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Guest Projects at A Little Gray + Lladybird

Saturday, January 19th: Ottobre Design Review at One Little Minute + Mad Mim // Series Wrap Up at One Little Minute + Mad Mim

In addition to all of that, throughout the series we will be hosting giveaways from Fiskars, The Fabric Fairy, and each of the pattern companies that we worked with!

Miriam and I have learned a lot through experience, but also have definitely benefited from so many great tips and tricks we’ve seen online. Made by Rae did a series of “KNITerviews” in her series: KNITS (sub-titled “Stretch Yourself”! Great minds think alike!), on Sewaholic there is a roundup of some great posts about sewing with knits, Luvinthemommyhood also shared a list of her favorite resources, I love this post by Prudent Baby on sewing with jersey, and there are hundreds more.

We appreciate the chance to add our love of sewing with knits to the many resources available. We hope you enjoy reading along, but we really hope that you STRETCH YOURSELF and try a little something you learn!

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  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    I have a Babylock “Evolve” overlocker and I totally love it. This sounds wonderful, as I am in desperate need of some new clothes in my wardrobe. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

  2. Christy
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is amazing! I am impressed. You have been busy.

  3. Christy
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Oops…I think your links to Miriam/Mad Mim aren’t working.

    • Miranda
      Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Thanks! I think they’re good now:)

  4. Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    How fun! Looking forward to all of these posts!

    • Miranda
      Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! It’s been so fun to put together. Like an intensive crash course in something I thought I already knew pretty well! 🙂

  5. Posted January 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been waiting for this to start, I’m so excited to follow along! You girls have lots of awesome stuff in store. This is definitely one to bookmark (or pin) and read up on once my current to-do list has cleared and I have some time to sew more with knits. I’ll share this exciting series on FB right now. And who did your graphic? It is perfect, love it!!!

    • Miranda
      Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rach! We’re so excited it’s finally here, too! Thanks for sharing. Cute Melissa did the header (after we totally failed at our attempt:) xoxo

  6. Karin
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    wow. I have a decent pile of knits just sitting there waiting for me! I am VERY excited and greatful for these tutorials coming up and happening now! Is there anything else I have to do!? Sign up!? etc…? Thank you!

    • Miranda
      Posted January 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi Karen! Nothing special to follow along, just come back and enjoy the series! We’ve got a lot in store:)


  7. Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, I’m so glad you’re doing this! I’m not afraid of sewing knits per se — knits and jeans are pretty much the extent of my wardrobe these days — but my problem is fitting and pattern alterations. The same reasons I have trouble getting a good fit in RTW (Long torso, broad shoulders, full bust, but not fat all over like a plus size) give me grief trying to sew even with knits. I have made some REALLY UGLY clothing disasters that have immediately gone the way of Goodwill, if you catch my drift! Anyway, I’d love it if you could sneak some tips into this series about alterations for knits. I know knits are more forgiving, but I hate having those horizontal boob wrinkles — yet if I go by my bust measurement, the arm and neck holes end up gigantic. How do you get more boob room in a T shirt pattern without adding ugly darts? Just cut the pattern from bigger than the back? Any and all suggestions appreciated. 🙂

  8. Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Just found your blog via A Very Purpley Person – this is great! I’ll be watching this series.


    • Miranda
      Posted January 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      So happy to have you, Jenny! xo

  9. Janice
    Posted May 2, 2015 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    I saw you with Dama. I can’t wait to try the hem and yoga pants waist. I am learning how to use my serger right now. I was wondering where do you get the cute knits for your baby! Leggings. I have several size 2T in my family and I can’t find cute knits or even tee shirts that are printed. I can’t wait to check out your stretch and sew series. Janice

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