Need help sewing in sleeves onto your sweater?

I’ve got a cheap and easy solution to help you seam your knitted sweater pieces together. I’m very sure someone has thought of this idea before but I have not come across it in any book or blog recently. So I thought I’ll share it here.

Well, ever heard of Knit Klips? They are clips that help you align your items together before sewing up. Cool product but quite expensive for my minimalist budget. So I bought a pack of 8 small butterfly hair clips for $2 instead. Cheap as chips!

Seaming up tools

I aligned the sleeve opening to the armhole and used the butterfly clips to hold them in place. As you can see, using the butterfly clips makes realigning easy peasy. You can tweak to your heart’s content without having to undo any sewing.

Clip edges together

Then I just sew the edges into place, removing the clips as I get to them. For seaming the sleeves onto the jacket, you can’t go wrong with the mattress stitch. This Knitting Help video is excellent if you’re not familiar with this finishing method.

Seaming using mattress stitch

And that’s it! Here are my sleeves sewn onto my almost finished jacket. I have the collar to knit and buttons to sew on. The next step is to pick up stitches along the neckline. Does anyone have any tips to ensure my stitches are evenly spaced and I have the right number of stitches at the end?

Sleeves sewn on!

P.S. That’s right ladies. I’m wearing my pajama top underneath my half finished jacket! The sheepish face should give you a clue that it’s the end of the day and smiling is not feeling natural anymore. Zzzz…

P.P.S. If you like my happy green sewing-up needle, I have them at my shop here. Lots of new products recently added! Plus, free shipping worldwide. Yay!

P.P.P.S. Get those WIPS finished this weekend. You’d thank yourself for it later. Happy sewing! 🙂


8 Responses to “Need help sewing in sleeves onto your sweater?”

  1. Julie says:

    that’s such a good idea!! I never clip my knitting together when I seam it, but it would definitely make it easier. I feel so silly for having not realized this before!! thanks for sharing this. Seriously awesome sweater, by the way.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..FO- Athyrie =-.

  2. Cath says:

    Hey, the little clips work! That’s cool. Do you get sparkles on your knitting from the glittery ones?

    The jacket looks good on you – even under the pajama top.
    .-= Cath´s last blog ..Sparkle =-.

    • Salihan says:

      Thanks for your comment Cath! I didn’t actually notice any sparkles on the knitting so I think they stayed on the clips, thankfully.

  3. Evon says:

    Your sweater is looking mighty nifty! Glad it is ‘almost’ done! Don’t we all love to get a project finished. 🙂
    Thanks for the neat tip on the clips AND the link to the video – which I found to be very helpful. Enjoy your posts soooo much!

  4. Jules O says:

    Definitely a good tip regarding using the clips, will keep that in mind when I start joining mine. Have you blocked your pieces before you joined? I think you will finish your cardy before me, though I am doing bits & pieces here & there.

    • Salihan says:

      Thanks for your comment, Jules! I didn’t block the pieces first as the jacket is made with acrylic yarn. I haven’t started the collar yet so we still might finish around the same time. Happy knitting!

  5. Sarah says:

    Great idea! I am going to have to buy some butterfly clips now. and maybe some green needles too….

  6. Typy says:

    Thanks for the tip and my old hair clips get a new life.
    .-= Typy´s last blog ..No 8 Kielot – The Lilies of the Valley =-.

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