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From: MaryW
Date: 12-08-2006, 09:39 AM (1 of 3)
I was just sent this and I'm not quite sure where to post it but anyway, here it is.

Mary, I have several sweaters that I will no longer wear as they are . I'd
like to convert them into either cardigans or make patchwork pieces of
them. Do I sticth them onto fabric with a zig zag before I cut them up?
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From: Patty22
Date: 12-09-2006, 09:30 AM (2 of 3)
Mary, I have never recycled sweaters or knitted goods for patchwork, however, I was thinking about a method and experimenting is going to be essential.

I would suggest outlining the template onto the knit and then sewing a zigzag stitch close to where the piece will be cut. The problem with knit is that it has stretch and piecing them together will be slow.....unless the piece is lined. I'm thinking out loud here, so maybe when drawing the template onto the fabric a piece of muslin could be stitched on the back similtaneously while doing the zigzag stitch. (Similiar to foundation piecing.)

I think everyone else is a little quiet here because knit goods aren't often associated with quilting. Maybe you try posting this in the craft section. Isn't this something that is used in making the sock monkey?
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From: Sancin
Date: 12-09-2006, 03:56 PM (3 of 3)
As I read the request it seems that the style of the old sweaters are no longer either fashionable or fit but the wool knit is desired.

I have a box of about 10 cashmere and lambswool sweaters I used to wear for work about 20 years ago but have outgrown. The colours go well together as does the weight of the knits. I was thinking of cutting them up so that several of them made a new sweater - ie would piece the wool. Would look something like a harlequen sweater when done.
I have not done it yet so this is only speculation and planning. I plan to zig zag the pieces together and only line the whole new sweater with a light muslin (or some such thing) to keep the seams from being irritating and to look better on the inside. I hadn't planned to sew them onto the muslin. The concept of stretch was not something I had thought of. I would think there is some stitch on a machine that has a loose enough row to use when joining the pieces and that stitch would not cause the knit to 'run' - overlap stretch stitch. I don't know what kind of thread to use. Cotton or polyester tend to feel hard in wool.
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