Attaching A Ribbed Neckband

Just a short video showing how I attached a neckband using the Toyota 787.


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Two More Finished Items

This is the last cut and sew jumper I’ll be doing for a while. It turned out much better than the abandonned one which is still in the cupboard waiting for me to sort out. This one I tried really hard to get right and I think it looks alright apart from the neck which is a bit lopsided. The bottom hem and cuffs have elastic threaded through them which makes them fit better. Even though this one ended up OK I still don’t think my sewing skills are good enough for cut and sew but I may try it again at some time in the future.

This was knitted in Marriner 4ply acrylic on the Toyota 787. I found a top I liked in an old Modern Knitting magazine and copied the scematics to use on the Knit Tracer. I’m especially pleased with how the neckband came out as lately I seem to be having a bit of trouble with them.


I have enough of the white left to make another short sleeved top so I may do that next. Or maybe I’ll knit a cardigan, I can’t make my mind up. One thing’s for certain though, it won’t be cut and sew.

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No More Cut And Sew

As the title says, no more cut and sew for me! I have just abandonned in disgust a cut and sew top I was making. No matter what I do I just can’t seem to be able to get it right. I bought some soluble stabiliser to stop the seams from flaring out and going all wavy. That worked OK but not when I hemmed the bottom. What a mess. I’ve decided it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

I have a length of fabric that I knitted last week with the intention of making a jacket or jumper, I will see what happens with this one but I think it will be my last cut and sew attempt apart from the odd neckline here and there. I was going to make so many things, I read books and websites on the subject but I think my skills on the sewing machine just aren’t good enough for me to achieve decent results.

Oh well, at least I gave it a go.

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Two Poor Finishes

I’ve knitted two tops on the Toyota 787 and although I’m really pleased with how the machine knits I’m quite disappointed with the finished tops.

The first one is in a fine textured yarn (no label) which knitted up OK. I didn’t put a neckband on it as I thought it would look alright without one. It fits me alright when I first put it on but it gradually gets bigger and bigger the longer I wear it and ends up like a sack! It’s a loose fit to start with so you can imagine what it’s like by the end of the day. I’ve been wearing it around the house which is about all that it’s good for.

The second one is quite a loose fit too but it would have been OK if I hadn’t messed it up when I was sewing it up. I decided to sew the sleeves in using the sewing machine and made a bit of a mess of it. Also I managed to make a bad job of the neckband. So that’s another one for wearing around the house. Still, I did get to knit a motif which was much easier than on the Silver Reed as you don’t need to screw anything onto the carriage or put anything onto the needlebed.


Here’s one of the sleeves that I made such a mess of

I am currently making a cut and sew top using the same green yarn that I used for the sideways knitted cardi a few weeks ago. I need to sew the sleeves in and do a neckband, I hope I can do a better job of them this time! 

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