How to Sew T-Shirts – Sewing for Beginners – Part 3

How to Sew T-Shirts – Sewing for Beginners – Part 3

Now comes the sewing So we have pinned our right shoulder seam in preparation for sewing I have my stitch set slightly longer than normal on a narrow zigzag If your machine has a stretch stitch it is worth trying it out Change your machine needle often Perhaps every other garment Blunt needles are a major contribution to less than perfect stitching There are many different types of machine needles I find Microtex Sharp needles work well on this sort of jersey a Ballpoint is also good to try as it doesn’t split the jersey yarn Right, that’s the first seam stitched and we will trim as we go The trick to making up jersey with a regular sewing machine is to trim seams to about ¼” This sort of jersey doesn’t unravel so you don’t have to neaten the edges You will find that after washing the edges will roll and neaten themselves This is good news for people who want to throw something together quickly Trim as we go and press as we go Press open if it’s easy or press to one side usually towards the back Always test the iron heat on a spare piece of fabric before you start Jerseys with Elastine, Spandex or Lycra will melt on a high cotton setting so be warned Now for the neckline We are going to attach the binding to the neckline, right sides together Rather than pin all round it is easy to do it at the machine Then we will stitch the left shoulder seam Secure with a pin to get started Take a couple of stitches in reverse to secure Have the binding extend beyond the shoulder seam it will be trimmed later So we are stitching a standard ⅝” seam again a narrow zigzag with a slightly longer than normal stitch Most sewing machines have guidlines on the stitch plate these days but I usually make sure that I am keeping the raw edge an even distance from the foot as I sew As always, take your time You will find that you need to adjust your fabric as you progress around the curve You are aiming to stretch the binding slightly as you go Check the shoulder seam is flat as you stitch over it With the needle down, lift the food if necessary to manipulate the fabric At the end, a couple of stitches in reverse to secure That’s pretty good. You can see that we are going to get a nice neat finish to this neckline Trim off the excess binding I’m going to turn the binding to the inside But look how nicely that rolls Another time I will do one of those nice raw edge finishes It would just need a few stitches to encourage the join to roll over the shoulder seam So we need to trim the seam and then press it As you trim, keep your hand underneath so that you can feel that there are no folds of garment that you might snip by mistake We want to press the seam up towards the band A sleeve board is a great asset for this job You can press the seam without creating creases in the rest of your garment Trim the excess seam allowance at the should Every garment, even a modest T-shirt benefits from having any surplus bulk removed from the seams So we are going to turn this to the inside then stitch from the right side We will end up with a really nice neckband First of all though we are going to join the other shoulder seam and continue the stitching joining the neckband seam So I will just trim the surplus binding At the machine again I’ve pinned the seam in a couple of places It’s important to make sure that the binding lines up across the shoulder Right, that’s done. The seams are nicely lined up This needs a press You can trim before pressing or after whichever you find easiest Now we are going to turn this to the inside stitching from the right side The band is going to be about ⅝” wide We will be finishing the neckband it Part 4

13 thoughts on “How to Sew T-Shirts – Sewing for Beginners – Part 3

  1. I am 81 yrs old and just discovered you on You Tube. I enjoyed your program so much and love the fact that you are such a good teacher… I will be watching and sewing… THANK YO

  2. Love the great instructions! However, I see that you stitch over your pins. I have heard so much controversy over this, i.e., breaks or dulls the needle, etc. Is this another reason you change needles frequently?

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