Three words: Tear Away Stabilizer
The pattern I’m using is Jalie 2212, and I’m really loving all the seams and design details. The directions have you top stitch the seams which is a great idea to keep the seams from chafing my son, an expert rock climber who sometimes sleeps on cliff ledges and wears the same thing for days when on a climbing trip.
USE TEAR AWAY STABILIZER AFTER SERGING OR STITCHING.
My fist try at top stitching the merino wool knit seam was a failure. I didn’t add any kind of stabilizing material under the seam and just top stiched with my sewing machine.MY seam became really wavy, stretched out and ugly.
My second attempt included cutting 1 inch strips of knit interfacing to the seams before sewing. This did keep them from stretching out and they look good. HOWEVER, there is no stretch at all to the seam, and that is not what we want when sewing active wear. Interfacing works great for applying zippers to knits, though.
My third attempt was finally a success. I had some tear away stabilizer so I cut about a one inch strip to iron onto the seam on the wrong side after pressing my seam allowance down to one side. I top stitched the seam and tore away the stabilizer. It comes off quite easily. This definitely gives the best result. The seam isn’t stretched out at all or wavy, yet it still has some stretch to it vs the non stretchy seam I got from using interfacing.
As many of you who read my blog are moms too, you can probably imagine how nerve wracking it is to have a child engaged in such a possibly deadly sport. I’m proud of my son; he trail blazed a mountain in Patagonia, South America this past spring, he and his friend made the map and named the climb, he’s done climbs like Yosemite’s Half dome, and is vice president of the climbing club at UC Berkeley. All I can do is pray, and maybe you can too, that he doesn’t decide to become a free climber or slip. It’s hard to believe he’s turning 22 this week. He was a Thanksgiving baby. The night I went into labor with him I was dancing salsa with my mom in our old kitchen like a maniac. He came two weeks early. All that jostling and the tryptophan in the turkey and he was ready to be born early! We now can share a beer together in our downtime….because life is short and we need to enjoy and be thankful our loved ones.
I won’t have a photo of my completed shirt until after Thanksgiving so to those of you in the US… Happy Thanksgiving!