Step Six: Finishing the easy cardigan
By now you should have one crazy piece of work. Don't get lost. I recommend, but it is not essential, to add stretchable fusible interfacing strips 1/2″ wide to the hems of the the cardigan. This is to prevent the notorious wave look of some knit fabrics when sewn. Please practice on a scrap of fabric to avoid ruining the cardigan at this advanced stage of the project.
There are a few ways to tackle the hem. Use the interfacing with a ballpoint needle and a straight stitch. You can also try a walking foot and a regular needle. Or a twin needle and fusible stretchable interfacing.
Of course if you have a coverstitch machine, then you are the “Queen of Sewing” already and I've got nothing to say to you as I simmer here in Singapore turning the color of the project. Pure envy! Yes I know it's a sin. Someday I too will get a coverstitcher…
I'm opting for the jersey twin needle, fusible stretchable interfacing and my serger. Sounds complicated, but it's not. The hem will look like I made it with a coverstitch sewing machine (almost..).
Add fusible stretchable interfacing on the front and the sleeves hem, as well as the neckline. 1. Fold the neckline seam allowance 3/8″ and using your twin jersey needle sew the edge of the neckline.
2. Fold the hemline 3/8″ and sew using your twin needle.
3. The last seam you are going to make is the side seam. Start sewing from the hemline to the sleeve.
4. This step is optional, the sleeves are slightly longer. So the sleeves and stop 4″ from the hemline. Leave an opening of 2″, and continue sewing until the hem of the sleeve.
This opening is to insert you thumb through it. Sew a straight stitch around the opening.Fold the hemline of the sleeve at 3/8″ and using your twin needle sew the hemline.
This is how the side seam should look like.
There are at least three ways to wear the cardigan. I could argue that there is a 4th way, however I will let you discover it. Send me a picture and I promise to share it on the site.
Until next time!