How to Sew Athletic Wear
Many athletic wear garments have negative ease, which means the finished garment is smaller than your body and must be stretched when worn. For example, if a legging must go over hips and yet sit snug at the waist, it must be elongated enough to stretch over the hips and return to the waist repeatedly.
It is commonly found at the hems of knit garments, and it hems, understitches, topstitch, and can be decorative. It has a looper underneath, which allows the seam to stretch. There are also home coverstitch machines, and I highly recommend the Janome Cover Pro.
The Brother 1034D is a great entry-level machine, and it’s what I use at home in my studio when I need seam stretch and clean finishing, which is the bread and butter of sewing with knits.
Because of the nature of stitch angles, it is also known for its ability to stretch and recover repeatedly; if you don’t have access to a serger, this would be your go-to stitch for construction.
If you’re new to sewing knits, especially Spandex, my first piece of advice is to invest in a serger. Depending on your machine, you may have some stitch options for stretch fabrics; test them out with your fabric and stretch to see how durable they are before sewing a garment.
Clear elastic, which you may be familiar with, can be stretched during wear but is not as strong as other types of elastic. Braided or woven elastic is stronger than clear elastic and comes in a variety of widths and weights.
Extra stitching for a clean finished look and extra stability
Understitching can be beneficial to a garment, and you’ll see it done with a coverstitch or chain stitch in ready-to-wear garments. Topstitching can also be beneficial, but make sure it’s stretching as much as your seam stitch.
Last but not least: thread
T18u2013T27 is the most common thread used in activewear; the lower the number, the lighter the thread; heavy thread can cause abrasions where seams are held against the body. Fluff thread, also known as Woolly Nylon, is textured and softer against the body.
How do you fix unraveling seams?
With a backstitch, you can repair an unraveling seam by first securing the seam and then sewing along the ripped area. Continue stitching until you reach the other end of the tear, then backstitch again to secure the seam.
How do you sew neatly?
Sewing Tips for a Professional Appearance
- Keep Excess Fabric Clear. Excess fabric caught in seam.
- Manage Thread Tails. Stitching start and finish secured with backstitching.
What does a whip stitch look like?
Start with the piece of crochet to which your yarn is attached and work your way up the edge of the crochet, ending the stitch through the opposing piece. You can pull the yarn through one or two loops on each of the crochet pieces, depending on the pattern you want.
What is the first step in stitching the hem?
Step 1: Press the hem twice more. Step 2: Insert the needle into the main fabric and bring it up at an angle through the hem fold. Step 3: Repeat, keeping the stitches even.
What kind of glue is best for fabric?
This guide includes shopping tips and suggestions for some of the best fabric glue options available.
- Tear Mender Instant Fabric and Leather Adhesive is the best overall. Secure Stitch Liquid Sewing Solution Kit is the best bang for the buck. Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive is the best permanent.
How do you sew two pieces of fabric without sewing?
Fabric Attachment Without Sewing: 5 No-Sew Options
- Fusible Tape. If you ask ten people about this topic, fusible tapes will be the first thing they recommend.
- Fusible Web. Fusible web is an alternative to fusible tapes.
- Fusible Adhesive.
- Fabric Glue.
- Hot Glue.
Can I glue fabric together?
Fabric glue comes in squeeze bottles (similar to craft glue) and is a quick way to fuse fabric or repair a small tear without using an iron. It’s great for mending holes, but it can also be used to make hems and apply appliques.
What is coming apart at the seams?
: to disintegrate into parts or pieces u2014usually used metaphorically to describe someone or something in bad shape The plan/company is falling apart at the seams, and she appears to be falling apart at the seams.
How do you stop loose threads from unraveling?
Tie off the loose threads to prevent further unraveling. There should be two threads at each end of the opening, totaling four. At one end of the ripped seam, tie these two threads together snugly against the edge of the seam.