It is great to hear your positive feedback about the "Sewing with Knits Beginner's Guide". Keep at it :)
A customer was asking me the other day how to start a knit seam without the needle poking through the fabric in the throat plate and bunching it up?
It is frustrating when this happens, and it happens with knits quite a bit.
But do not worry, there is a handy little trick to start a knit seam smoothly without the machine "eating it up".
- Take a tiny scrap of knit fabric.
- Fold it in half to make it a bit thicker.
- Place that piece slightly behind your presser foot but in a way that the needle will catch it when you start stitching.
- Place your actual piece of fabric just in front of it.
- That way, your feed dogs will grab the thicker scrap first and transport it through easily.
- The actual fabric gets transported smoother because the feed dogs are already in motion after a couple of stitches.
- It also helps to dial down the tension, to say 2, to start with and dial it up again once you are stitching.
- When you finish your seam, you can just clip off the scrap piece, it will not be attached to your actual fabric.
I hope you find this helpful, happy sewing everyone!