Hello everyone and Happy Tuesday!
I am currently working on my project for the week and wanted to share a trick that makes attaching sleeves a lot easier. If you are new to sewing, you might find the traditional method of “setting in a sleeve” a bit intimidating. The method below is the easiest way to attach a sleeve since it does not require you to sew the sleeve at the underarm seam and then sew the sleeve into the armhole. Please note that this technique only works on knit fabrics
Step 1: Pin and sew the shoulder seams, with the correct side of the fabric facing each other
Step 2: Pin and sew the sleeve cap to the armhole from side seam to side seam.
Step 3: Placing the fabric right sides together, pin the entire underarm seam and the side seam as shown below:
Step 4: Make one continuous stitch along the underarm seam and the side seam. And VOILA! You are done!
Another reason I like using this technique is that it makes alterations a breeze. Lets say you made something using a new fabric that you have not worked with before. If it ends up being too big, you can easily take in the sleeve and the side seam in one go, instead of picking up the dreaded seam ripper and removing the sleeve and then re-attaching it. If you are using a serger instead of a sewing machine, using a seam ripper is no fun!
For hemming knits, I prefer a twin needle instead of a zig zag stitch.
You can see my tutorial on how to use a twin needle HERE
UPDATE: Since writing this tutorial, I invested in a cover stitch machine and love this baby!
UPDATE: The finished leopard print tee can be seen HERE
See you next time and until then, I’ll be hiding behind the seams 🙂