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The Mattress Stitch: Sewing for Knitters



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the mattress stitch hi I'm Alexis

Winslow and I'm going to show you how to

sew the mattress stitch on a hand

knitted garment the mattress stitch is a

useful seaming technique that every

knitter should master first you will

need the following materials a yarn

needle along the length of matching yarn

scissors removable markers this

technique can be used to sew a variety

of seams

I will show you how to use the mattress

stitch on a horizontal a vertical and a

diagonal seam first you will need to lay

the pieces out with the right sides

facing up before you begin sewing align

the edges and locate points that should

match up mark these points with safety

pins thread your needle with matching

yarn begin by inserting the needle into

the first stitch from the back side then

on the other piece catch the two

vertical legs of the opposing stitch

with the tip of your needle then pull

the yarn all the way through next insert

the needle into the first piece in the

same hole that the yarn came out from

before then turn the needle to catch the

two vertical bars of the adjacent stitch

repeat that step on the opposite piece

continue in this manner to the end

adjusting the tension of the yarn as you

go

if at any point your markers appear to

be misaligning make an adjustment by

only catching one vertical leg under

your needle to even things out

this adjustment technique is essential

if you are sewing two pieces together

that were knitted in different

directions for instance and these two

pieces that resemble a folder seem that

you might so I'm catching two bars on

the flat side every time but on the

opposite side I need to catch one bar

about every third or fourth stitch my

markers let me know if I get off-track

to work a vertical seam the technique is

very similar to begin insert the needle

from the back side into the first stitch

next on the other piece insert the

needle into the opposing stitch turn the

needle so that it is vertical and use

the tip to catch the two horizontal bars

above the hole next insert the needle

into the first piece in the same hole

that the yarn came out from before then

turn the needle to catch the two

horizontal bars above the hole

repeat that step on the opposite piece

continue in this manner to the end

adjusting the yarn tension as you go

here's a finished example using yarn

that matches the seam is nearly

invisible and will lay completely flat

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