Shirt Making Machine

I know what you’re thinking, I’m a shirt making machine. However, I promise that this is the last version I’ll be working on for awhile, I have so many projects that I’d like to get to before coming back to this one. In the mean time, I finished my mom’s v-neck, long sleeved shirt and am crossing my fingers that she likes it (and it fits her o.k.). My mom generally prefers solid colored shirts so this print will be a bit of a change for her. I found the fabric itself to be a bit slippery so both the sleeve and bottom hems have been interfaced – I think it produced a great looking hem. Now we’re off to stop by her house to see how it looks on!

9 thoughts on “Shirt Making Machine

  1. Marsha

    Love the shirt! I’m interested to know how you did the hems with interfacing. It’s a stretch knit, right? Is the hem still stretchy with the interfacing?

  2. stacy

    I used a stretch knit interfacing for the hems and cut them to the finished depth (for example, it the hem was 1/2″ then I cut the interfacing 1″ wide). It lost some of the stretch of the fabric, but it really helped produce a nice stitch.

  3. Peggy

    If for any reason your mom doesn’t like the shirt, I’ll be ever so happy to take it off your hands.

  4. Katrina

    I was going to ask the same question about the interfacing and how you put it in the hems. Thanks! I bought some knit to make 2 shirts with so I will keep this in mind. Any other tips when sewing with knits? The kind I have is really soft and I’m already dreading laying it out and cutting it since I’m thinking it will be difficult. Also, when I made some knit pj’s for my kids, the bottom of one of my son’s shirts seemed stretched because it flairs out. I don’t want that to happen when I make mine. Maybe the interfacing in the hem will help that. I already have the jersey ball point needles you had recommended to me earlier. Should I use those even with thin soft knits?

  5. stacy

    The interfacing should keep it from stretching out of shape, but you can always use a walking foot which will keep the fabric feeding more evenly. If you want to skip the interfacing because you’re afraid that it won’t have as much stretch, you can always try a product like Stitch Witch – it will help hold the hem in place while you sew, just make sure you get the kind that washes out or is made for hems (which keeps the material soft and flexible).
    If the knit is very thin, you can use a smaller size ball point needle. If you find that your machine skips stitches with the material then you can switch to a microtex – I’ve had great success with it producing beautiful stitches especially with ‘temperamental’ fabrics.
    Peggy, I’ll keep you in mind if she doesn’t ever wear it!

  6. MelissaB

    I have that fabric (in my stash – ducking in shame since it’s been there for close to a year if not longer). The shirt is pretty, I hope she likes it and it fits. Let us know!

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