How to sew on sweaters in action--scarf and sweater
Sweaters, very heavy knits that aren't usually made with standard thread and basic sewing machines, are definitely different to sew on than is a woven garment or even a tee. But over the weekend I took in a chunky cotton sweater and I put back together a thick wooly infinity scarf, using a regular machine and thread!
So, in the past I've done tutorials on how to sew on sweaters--the basic how to take in a sweater, which also applies to thick tees, and an update for chunkier sweaters. So I won't go over all the steps for you now, but it is cool to see the transformation!!
I got this cotton cable fisherman-ey sweater from the Forever 21 online clearance, so I hadn't tried it on and it was final sale. When it arrived and I tried it on, it was massive in the body but slim in the arms. (I think I'm missing something here. This must be some sort of new, ironic style. I know baggy stuff is in, but this was not flattering! Sorry, Forever 21, I guess I'm too traditional for you...?)
So here you can see, the super-unflattering big boxy bubbly before, then the sweater right after I took in the side seam and trimmed the excess since there was so much, and then the difference in size when it was done!
And here it is.
The scarf. Also a sweater project from this weekend, I found this half-off at Goodwill and loved the herringbone pattern and nice wool. It was a little shorter than your average scarf, and had no fringe, so I figured it'd make a good infinity scarf like I've done in my French seam infinity scarf conversion tutorial.
But when I got it home, I saw it had serged edges and a shadow from a seam... I think it was sold as an infinity scarf, and someone took it apart! So I put it back together.
So look, it's easy to sew on a knitted garment! If you have any in your closet that need fixing, go nuts!