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New Pal

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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  08:12:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit metalmom's Homepage Send metalmom a Private Message

I'm guessing this is a British term? I assume it means to sew pocket linings to the body of the garment. Does anyone know of a good online tutorial on how to do that?

Am concerned about lines being visible on the right side.

Guardian angel

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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  10:27:21 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
>Am concerned about lines being visible on the right side.<

I just stitch them down taking my stitches under the purl bumps if it is in stockinette or in the horizontal strands of yarn between columns of knitting. I use the same yarn for sewing that was used for the knitting and it barely if ever shows.

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  5:58:46 PM  Show Profile Send KMangum a Private Message
A good method is to use "X" stitches, with a lighter-weight yarn, or even embroidery floss, that matches your color. If you have plied yarn, you can split the plies apart.

I'm right-handed, so I start from the left (lefties start at the right): Secure your yarn in the pocket edge. take a horizontal stitch from R ->L in the pocket bag at the bottom. Then move about 1/2" (or more, depending on scale of things) to the right, and take another stitch from R ->L thru the purl bump just below the pocket. Move up to the pocket bag, another 1/2" away, take another horiz. stitch. Proceed across. Secure your yarn end in the pocket bag.

This style of stitching is used extensively in tailoring. It's flexible, and moves with the body, and there's a lot of yarn/thread to allow for movement. Additionally, by covering the edge of the pocket bag with the legs of the "X's", it makes the bag lie flat against the garment, and reduces snagging on other clothing.

You *don't* have to stitch "around" the knit stitches; you can put your needle *thru* the yarn to reduce show-thru on the right side. Using a lighter-weight to sew down with also reduces the show thru.

Good luck!

- K
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