Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October Meeting

Tonight Liz talked to us about putting zips in knitwear. Advice on various weights of zip, when to use open ended zips, how to use them in raglan sleeves, especially useful for younger children's garments. The differences between metal and nylon zips and when to use each was discussed.And more importantly, how to sew them in by hand if that was your chosen method.
There are many types of zip on the market so it is important to choose the right one.

Here Liz is demonstrating latch tool cast on.

This zip was hand sewn into the garment after a crab stitch crochet edging was done along both edges, it gives a neat finish with some decorative detail.

This zip is put into a placket, which is knitted on the machine, the zip still has to be sewn in, can't escape that one! It does give a very neat placement from both side of the garment so is the choice for jackets using and open ended zip. The placket can be knitted in rib to match the welts and neckband.

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