Knit top

Complete Learn to Sew Knits/Stretch Online ✄✄

Make a traditional tee or long sleeve ladies top

Live via Zoom


Over 6 x 1 hour weekly workshops, you make a traditional tee or a long sleeve top. Sewing with knit fabrics is not as straight forward as working with woven fabrics, our complete guide will cover everything you need to know in a step-by-step approach.

We will start from the beginning - in workshop 1 all you need is a tape measure. There is time to gather the right tools and supplies after you learn to identify them. Thread Den will prepare your pattern and ship it to you. The plan of ongoing specific and succinct workshops also allows students to complete steps as homework, or unpick and perfect if desired.


Workshop 1:

  • How to take chest measurements, 
  • Assessing a fabric's percentage of stretch, 
  • Selecting the pattern size to make. 
  • Identifying the supplies and tools required for the course. 

Workshop 2:

  • Learn how to handle knit fabrics, 
  • Lay up pattern pieces, and
  • Cut out fabric. 

Workshop 3:

  • Setting up and adjusting the sewing machine including; 
  • The purpose of multiple stretch stitches (& getting their settings right), and
  • Selecting the appropriate needle. 

Workshop 4:

  • Stitching shoulder seams,
  • Preparing and applying a neckband.

Workshop 5:

  •  Attaching flat lay sleeves, and 
  • Stitching side seams.

Workshop 6:

  •  Setting up and using a twin needle to hem 
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What you will learn

  • Students will learn about the difference between knit and woven fabrics
  • 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
  • A handout with detailed instructions
  • A top made by you!

What to bring

  • Students will require a sewing machine and a device for this online workshop
  • For the first workshop, students simply need a tape measure
  • Supplies and tools are discussed in detail in the first workshop and a complete list is provided in your confirmation email

What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄ This course is designed for students that have completed our Sewing Basics for Beginners Course. See the class description for the Sewing Basics for Beginners Course to see if you are ready for this next level.

Suggested Fabrics

1.5 metres of jersey or similar stretchy knit fabric

Thread Den

Vendor since 2013

Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den. Workshops offered face-to-face and online.

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.

Thread Den has developed a teaching model that is supportive and nurturing, designed to make each student feel like the focus of our attention, whether you learn with us face-to-face or online.

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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5.0 (1 review)
10 November 2020Complete Learn to Sew Knits/Stretch Online ✄✄
I enjoyed my online sewing class a lot. The weekly sewing session is the highlight of my week. It is well organised and well-paced class. When I was slow during the session, there is always time in between sessions to catch up. Danielle and Meagan are always around to share tips and tricks. They are also there for me when an issue comes up either during the class or via instagram. Overall a great class to attend.

Refund Policy

See Terms & Conditions.

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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 - they 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 these annoying details. Here's the stuff that is often hidden behind an *asterisk* or in teeeeenie little print:

Refund Policy

  • All refunds are subject to a 25% administration fee.
  • Refunds will only be processed back to the original method of payment.
  • Refunds are processed as soon as practicable. While Thread Den’s part of the process should be undertaken within three days of notice, the combination of the bookings platform and your banking institution’s processes will also influence the exact amount of time taken for you to receive the refund.

Transferring Your Booking

  • If you wish to transfer your booking to another workshop we require at least four days notice prior to the start date of your original workshop/course booking.
  • Bookings without date changes can be transferred to another person without incurring any penalties.
  • Changes to your workshop or the commencement date (within all other terms listed here) will incur a $10 administration fee.
  • Changes to your booking date will not reset the four day notice period.

Medical Events

  • If you feel unwell, do not attend your workshop. 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. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.

This policy can be viewed on our website -

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