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#1 of 3 Old 08-04-2009, 11:31 PM - Thread Starter
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I found some really cute thermal knit fabric at Joann's a few days ago and really want to make DS some cute pants and a shirt out of it, either for PJ's or just for play. I have never sewn with thermal knit and I keep reading about how it stretches really badly when you sew with it and now I am afraid to do anything with it.

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I forgot to add, I am winging the pants pattern, which I make a ton for him out of old T-Shirts, but how on earth do you do a neck on a knit shirt? I really don't want to do a band around the neck, but will if I have to. Any other ideas on shirt necks that I could just sort of do without a pattern?

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I made a romper out of it i did the band around the neck & it worked fine my suggestion is to use a walking foot with it. I didnt but in hindsight wonder if it wouldnt have been easier. Good luck & have fun!

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If you don't have a walking foot I would either a) use a stretch stitch (looks like a lightening bolt) or a zigzag or b) lengthen your stright stitch. Also very helpful is to decrease the pressor foot pressure.

For knits I usually go for a neckband of ribbing or other knit fabric with good recovery, the thermal will probably be too stretchy. Good Luck
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