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From: MaryW
Date: 11-04-2003, 01:46 PM (1 of 2)
Here is an excellent question from one of my readers. If anyone can help please post here. :bluesmile Thanks.

have two cardigan style knit sweaters. They are a fairly fine gauge knit.
And, while I'm sure they were made by a machine, the type of knit is like
that of the old fashion knitting needles (knit one, plearl one). I need to
shorten the sleeves, but am afraid the knit will start running if I cut it
off. I have considerable experience sewing, but little experience with
knits. (My sewing machine does have the standard stretch stiches.)
What advice can you give me?


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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 11-04-2003, 07:22 PM (2 of 2)
I haven't done this, but I have read how to numerous times .. Wherever you want to cut, FIRST, (underline first) stitch 2 rows of stitches close together.. This keeps the cut edge from raveling.. If you plan to salvage the cut off part, then you need to do the same thing again and then cut between the rows of stitching..They always say do 2 rows of stitches, I guess to insure that you catch all the stitches..before you cut them.:cool:
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