Recently, I made my first woad vat and–although the vat depleted too quickly for my taste–I did get a few pieces of cloth for my efforts. I had in mind a sleeveless summer top made from woad-dyed organic jersey knit, which turned out to be just enough for the project.
In the past, I have struggled with sewing any kind of knit fabric and have experimented with different methods of sewing, including using a ball point needle, a twin needle, and zigzag stitching. At one point, I became so frustrated with the process that I decided to sew a garment by hand.
This time, I once again consulted my Janome sewing machine manual; but this time, I discovered a new page (an insert to the manual) I had not noticed before. It showed appropriate stitches for various projects and the proper settings, and there was something called “knit stitch.” I tried it and it worked. It basically looks to me like a “serger”stitch, that overcasting stitch seen on some sports apparel (see below) The only problem I found with this stitch is that it gobbles up an amazing amount of thread, and I have subsequently almost run out of my Gutermann light blue thread.
Next time: The finished woad dyed knit tunic.