You might remember I mentioned in August 2014 (Sewing for the Summer Part 4) that I would list some options for finishing the neck and armhole edges when sewing knit garments. My apologies that it has been so long in the coming……Wow life can get super hectic. However, none of you asked for it so maybe it was not missed….lol?!
There are a quite a few different neck, armhole & hemline finish options to share so stay tuned as there will be a separate post for most of the options.
Perhaps you might like to send us a comment to let us know what you think – what is your favourite go-to technique? Or do you use a variety of techniques depending on the pattern style; fabric and look you wish to achieve?
Option 1: This is the very easiest way to finish a raw edge: DO NOTHING! Yes, most knits will not fray or unravel so just leave the edge trimmed and untouched. I have done this often and then washed & worn my garments many times. Rarely have I had even so much as a fuzzy. Some may say it is lazy……well I don’t think so as I get a lot more garments completed when I take this easy labour saving route……. well that’s my story & I’m sticking to it! Leaving the edge unfinished does mean that the lovely soft drape of the fabric is unaffected …..which is how I want it.
Option2: This is probably the second easiest method. Use a fusible hem tape to turn over the edge and then fuse it in place….no stitching, nothing to show on the right side of the fabric. The product I probably use most often is Steam-a-seam 2 but I will be honest & say that it does not always stick well with polyester knit fabrics. My hems seem to eventually open up after a number of times through the washer. Maybe I am not fusing it with a hot enough iron? But I would not want to “melt” my fabric! Any suggestions?
Option3: Another quick & easy method of finishing a raw edge with knit fabrics is to simply turn the raw edge over to the wrong side of the garment and stitch it down. As the fabric is a knit which stretches, a stretch stitch, preferably a coverhem stitch, is recommended or the stitching may pop when the fabric is stretched.
What is your favourite technique?