T-Shirt neck, casual dress or pj’s top, this is one useful techniques to have in your skill library. There are quite a few ways to finish a raw edge of knitted fabric. Depending on you equipment and experience your can go with an overlock, top stitcher or use just a sewing machine.
Cutting your rib trim band, go slightly shorter then a neck opening. How much shorter will depend on the stretch of your fabric and design. This is probably the trickiest part of the whole process. Make the neckband too long and the neckline will look overstretched and untidy. Too small neckband will pull and distort the entire garment out of shape. Finished neckband should lay flat and look like an integral part of the T-shirt. There is no universal advice as each fabric combination is slightly different. You can try to pin the neck band in place to get the idea of an optimal length and make adjustments accordingly.
Finishing the T-Shirt neck using a cover stitch machine.
- Sew the ends of the band making a loop. Fold it in half lengthwise wrong side in.
- Pin or hand stitch folded band to the right side of the shirt. Make sure you stretch it evenly along the neckline.
- Sew into place. You can use a sewing machine or do it by hand. Basting by hand usually gives you more control.
- From the right side of the garment secure the seam allowances with a top stitcher. Do not overstretch the fabric along the neck at this point.
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