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Sew Knits with Confidence - Book Review

Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick

Sewing with knits is not one of my favorite things to do even though I love wearing knit tops. I tried sewing with knits as a teenager and it did not go well. The fabric was hard to cut and while sewing, it stretched and puckered. I vaguely remembering swearing to never sew with knit fabric again, possibly in a raised voice. I am glad to say that I have matured since then, even if my husband would beg to differ.

I did not try sewing with knits again for many years, and didn't really care because the selection of knit fabrics at local fabric stores was pretty lousy - some tacky sweatshirt prints and a few polyester double knits. Forget trying to find ribbing that remotely matched. These days, however, knit fabrics can be found online in practically any color, pattern and fabric type that you might wish for, so I have purchased some knit yardage here and there and have been waiting for a nice block of time to devote to working with knits again.

So, the recent publication of Nancy Zieman's new book Sew Knits With Confidence is fortuitous. I have several of Nancy Zieman's books and have always found them to be useful and informative, so I have been looking forward to seeing what she has to say about sewing with knits.
Sew Knits with Confidence by Nancy Zieman

Her book starts out with a brief explanation of the different types of knits and their qualities such as stretch factor and appearance. She finishes the first chapter with tips for treating and preparing knits for sewing. The second chapter focuses on pattern selection and helpful notions. Pattern selection is very important when working with knits and she provides examples of patterns that lend themselves to knit construction.

The third chapter gets into the nitty gritty of actually working with knit fabrics beginning with pattern layout and then garment construction and finishes with closures and hemming. One aspect of this chapter that I found very informative was the section on working with different types of elastic and creating waistband casings. She includes instructions for applying clear elastic to reinforce shoulder seams and necklines. Another section in this chapter is devoted to neckline treatments and I love that she explains several different options for finishing necklines.

Chapter four discusses creative finishing and embellishing options for knitwear such as flounces, ruffles, picot stitching or lettuce edging. Some of the embellishment ideas can also be applied to ready-to-wear t-shirts or other garments to add a little style and personalization.

The final chapter gives instructions for several easy projects that are perfect for trying out your new found skills. My favorite project is the flounced tee - Nancy explains how to alter a basic knit top pattern to add in rows of vertical flounces that really give the finished top a fun look.

Peppered throughout the book are numerous notes from Nancy with additional helpful tips or suggestions for different techniques that add quick tidbits of information in easy to understand chunks. The techniques and patterns were all attractively and effectively illustrated so that they were clear and concise. When I read through instructional sewing books, I tend to visualize how things go together to see if they make sense and I had no problem understanding the steps as they were shown.

I think I am now ready to go boldly forth into the world of knits. Thank you Nancy!

About Nancy Zieman:

Nancy Zieman (www.nancyzieman.com) produces and hosts the popular Sewing With Nancy tv show that has been on the air since 1982, making it the longest running tv show about sewing. She has written and contributed to a number of books about sewing and quilting.

Disclosure statement: This review copy was provided to me by Krause Publications. I received no other compensation from the publisher or book author and this review contains my honest opinions about the book.

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