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How to Print a Layered PDF Sewing Pattern

Tuesday Stitches patterns are published as layered pdfs (wahoo!). What does this mean? It means that each size is on a different layer so that you can select only the size you want to sew for printing. You can also select a cluster of sizes in case you need to grade between sizes or even two totally different sizes if you want to print out your size and your best friend’s size at the same time! Why bother, you might be asking? Of course you can still print all of the sizes like before (pattern pieces are still nested). But you might find it handy to print fewer sizes at a time because the markings on nested patterns can get a bit hard to discern, especially on small pattern pieces. Start by opening your pattern in Adobe Reader. (There are many different programs that open .pdf files but Adobe Reader …

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Stitches for Sewing Knits

If you’re already a confident sewer-of-knits then you can probably just skip over this post and jump right into sewing your Conifer Skirt. If you want a refresher or haven’t done a lot of sewing with knits, then this should bring you up to speed and help you feel conifdent enough to get started! There are several different options for stitches you can use when sewing knits. The first option is to use a standard straight stitch and stretch your fabric as you sew. This is also the option I recommend the least – your stitches often end up looking stretched out and uneven and there isn’t much stretch in the seam so it’s prone to breaking. You may have okay luck with this technique with a stable knit that has very little stretch like a ponte, but I do not recommend it for any knit that you would use …