Complete Learn to Sew Knits/Stretch Course ✄✄

Complete Learn to Sew Knits/Stretch Course ✄✄

Make a t-shirt or long sleeve top

Next Available: Sun, 18 Aug 10:00AM (AEST)
3 hours x 2 Weeks
Over 250 people have attended this class


Over 6.5 hours you'll learn how to successfully sew with knit fabrics. While we cover all you need to know, you'll make a traditional unisex T-shirt or a 3/4 sleeve-length top.

Sewing with knit fabrics (when you know what you are doing) is fast and convenient. No need for buttons and zips! Very few fit issues thanks to all the stretch. If you've given it a go and had skipped stitches, puckered seams and general frustrations - we'll help you understand where you were going wrong.  

You’ll also receive a complimentary packet of 60 glass-head stretch pins, a twin needle and a ballpoint needle.

Course Content;

  • Understanding how knits and wovens differ
  • Taking measurements and selecting sizes for knits
  • How to assess the amount of stretch in your fabric
  • Cutting technique for knits
  • Pattern preparation tips for knits
  • Identify different stretch stitches and understand when to use them
  • The ultimate technique tips to stop the machine from eating knits!
  • How to adjust your machine settings for a great result on knits
  • How to set up to hem with a twin-needle

When choosing your fabric, please choose a knit fabric with a two-way (not one-way) stretch.  A nice choice is a blend of predominantly natural fibre with some synthetic, for example, 95% Merino and 5% Spandex.  

We have all the tools you'll need. Each participant is set up with fabric shears, pinking shears, thread snips, unpicker, hand needles, tape measures, pins, tailor's chalks, hem guides, ironing/pressing tools, rulers, stationery... there is no need to lug around your whole sewing kit. We've taken care of it all.  

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

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What you will learn

  • Students will learn about knit fabrics, how to handle it and best techniques to sew it
  • Taking chest measurements, assessing the percentage of stretch and selecting the size to make, how to place patterns and cut out for knit fabrics
  • The settings and adjustments on the sewing machine for stretch stitches, how to apply a neckband and hemming with a twin needle

What you will get

  • A copy of the pattern in your size
  • Detailed handouts and a top made by you while learning all the skills
  • 60 glass-head stretch pins, a twin stretch sewing machine needle and a ballpoint needle.
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to bring

  • Gutermann polyester sewing machine thread - matching your fabric
  • 1.5metres of knit fabric that stretches both horizontally & vertically

What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄ Intermediate Sewing Star: This sewing thing is really growing on you! You can follow a suggested layout and have now worked with a variety of woven fabrics, maybe even your first knits. You've stepped up to using patterns for simple garments like basic skirts, pants and tops. You've sewn a dart, inserted a basic zip and have finished edges with an overlocker.

Suggested Fabric

1.5m t-shirting, jersey, ponte or similar knit fabric with at least 50% stretch. Note: medium-to-heavy-weight knits are easier to work with.

Thread Den

(1846 Reviews)

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to.  

Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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Mandy was a lovely and very patient teacher, and I learned several very useful new skills, including attaching a neckband and using a twin needle for hemming. I didn't quite finish my top, but I feel confident in finishing it off at home. 😊
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 1 day before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 4 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 4 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 

Thanks for sticking with us and reading through those annoying details. 

The details of our refund policy appear during the booking process.

Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course.

This policy can be viewed on our website -

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