August 03, 2020

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How To Sew A Hem On Knit Fabrics - The Coffee Filter Trick

Do you have a fear of sewing hems on knit fabrics? Don't fret, many of us do too! In this post, I'm excited to share with you a quick and easy tip to sewing a hemline on knits with no stress at all! The secret is the use of a coffee filter as a stabilizer - seriously, it works! After trying this, I'm pretty sure you'll never go back to your old method and you will have the confidence to sew knits without fear! 

 

This exciting sewing tip is being shared with you as an excerpt from the full Sewing With Knits MasterClass course. This is one of our most popular courses, if you haven't already checked it out I encourage you to take a peek and pick up a copy of the course today, or join the Sewing With Cinnamon community for more sewing tips, tricks, and community interaction.

Now onto the tutorial... All you need is a plain coffee filter (white or natural) and a knit fabric project to test this out. It can be any sewing project, it doesn't have to be just for dolls. Although, if it's larger than the coffee filter, you'll probably need several to get the job done!

 

Wasn't that amazing? Are you ready to try this out yourself?

 

 

Applying this method can help you approach sewing patterns designed for knit fabrics with confidence! Be sure to check out our Summertime Styles With Knit Fabrics to see more patterns where you can apply your new skills! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

 

 

  

 

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100 Comments

Linda J. Smith
Linda J. Smith

September 23, 2022

Will try your coffee filter trick. Right know I use the pull the knits as you sew (from the way they taught sewing knits in the 60’s.

Dianne
Dianne

September 23, 2022

Coffee filters….so many uses and this is brilliant! Thank you

Dianne
Dianne

September 23, 2022

Coffee filters….so many uses and this is brilliant! Thank you

Pat G.
Pat G.

September 23, 2022

My tip: When you buy knits, look for stable ones that are easier to work with.

Dorothy
Dorothy

September 23, 2022

This is a great tip, and works every time. Thanks!

Pat
Pat

September 23, 2022

Great tip about using the coffee filter to sew on knits – I’m going to give that a try right away.

Janet
Janet

September 23, 2022

I’ve never heard of this in my many years of sewing. Can’t wait to try it!

Joy
Joy

September 23, 2022

Amazing idea

Dorene
Dorene

September 23, 2022

I have avoided sewing with knit fabric in the past but with this tip, I want to try now.

Jacque
Jacque

September 23, 2022

Hemming knits is always challenging. I will definitely try this.

Laura
Laura

September 23, 2022

Will definitely try this!!! All these years struggling with knits!

Dotti G
Dotti G

September 23, 2022

I will try this – knits always seem to stretch for me.

Dianne
Dianne

September 23, 2022

I like to use thin stretch lace to hem my doll tops.

BevM
BevM

September 23, 2022

I have used tissue paper and waxed paper. And, of course, tear-away embroidery stabilizer. I will try coffee filters now.

Patti M
Patti M

September 23, 2022

My biggest tip is as always use the correct needle for the fabric choice.

Pat
Pat

September 23, 2022

I love this tip! I will be trying it later today

Carol
Carol

September 23, 2022

Great tip! I have used regular paper, but end up having to use tweezers to pull out the bits that do not tear out.

Deb
Deb

September 23, 2022

Will try this!

Janie
Janie

September 23, 2022

I’m definitely trying the coffee filter tip! I have lots of filters I have somehow accumulated (?) and am glad to have a use!

Monya
Monya

September 21, 2022

Love this tip, thank you I’m going to try it !

Tina
Tina

September 21, 2022

The coffee filter tip is a good one. I have used newspaper, and scrap paper to sew with knits.

Terry
Terry

September 18, 2022

My favorite tip is using a zigzag stitch for knits. I do find, though, that I have to change which zigzag stitch to use depending on the type of knit fabric.

KateEl
KateEl

September 17, 2022

Always good to find out more easy ways to sew!! Thanks.

CynthiaW
CynthiaW

September 17, 2022

If you do machine embroidery and have scraps of wash-away stabilizer, that also works like the coffee filters

Marjory
Marjory

September 16, 2022

Coffee filter tip is great

Elizabeth Nichplson
Elizabeth Nichplson

September 16, 2022

I will definitely have to try a coffee filter next time..thanks!

Sue D
Sue D

September 16, 2022

Love this tip—will definitely give this a try.

LizT
LizT

September 16, 2022

Great tip, I will try this coffee filter tip next time I sew knits.

pam
pam

September 16, 2022

I just bought the new Viking S 600 serger.
Hemming knits are a breeze! I use the cover
stitch. I even hemmed my husband’s work
pants. (heavy cotton twill)

Rose
Rose

September 16, 2022

Thank you!

Darlene
Darlene

September 16, 2022

Tried this,,,works great. Thanks.

Ellen
Ellen

September 16, 2022

Love the tip about using a coffee filter!

Ellen
Ellen

September 16, 2022

Love the tip about using a coffee filter!

Maureen
Maureen

September 16, 2022

What a super idea! I would have never thought of that and it certainly will be tried soon on my next knit project! Thanks!!

Roslyn
Roslyn

September 16, 2022

Great idea!

Susan
Susan

September 16, 2022

Tape and ball point needles esp. long seams.

Leslie
Leslie

September 16, 2022

Thanks for the tip…Will try this!

Patricia Herlich
Patricia Herlich

September 16, 2022

Great tip can’t wait to try it

Janice
Janice

September 16, 2022

Thank you for the tip! It is fun learning something new.

Mary Jo Creech
Mary Jo Creech

September 16, 2022

I am excited to try this out!

Janice
Janice

September 16, 2022

Use the right needle. Knit for knit fabric.

Cristy Estep
Cristy Estep

September 16, 2022

My favorite is the coffee filter trick!

Carol
Carol

September 16, 2022

Sewing with a narrow zigzag helps me.

Cath
Cath

September 16, 2022

My MIL used to sew wedding dresses and formal wear for all the ladies of her small town, lovely things. She used a lot of hem tapes, ribbons, braids, and trims and had lots of left over ends and pieces. Years later I am still using her hem tapes for the doll hems. It’s thin so it’s not bulky on the doll clothes, And I seem to have the right colors to match.
We don’t drink coffee, but I do paper pieced quilting. The foundation sheets work great for controlling fabrics.
Happy stitching! Thanks for the opportunities and tips!

trish
trish

September 16, 2022

Using a zigzag stitch helps also.

Grace
Grace

September 16, 2022

So smart! Will be using this!

Rita Banner
Rita Banner

September 16, 2022

The coffee filter tip is a game changer. Before hearing this tip, I was using tissue paper, which was much harder to pick out of the seams.

Mary Cox
Mary Cox

September 15, 2022

The coffee filter tip is my favorite tip for sewing on knits. It is also great for sewing buttonholes.

Melinda
Melinda

September 15, 2022

I had NEVER thought of the coffee filter trick . . . and now that hubby is only drinking Keurig cups, I have absconded with the coffee filters ;)

Christine
Christine

September 15, 2022

Holy cow I never thought of using a coffee filter! That is an amazing idea, I’ll have to try it next time.

Cynthia P
Cynthia P

September 15, 2022

Steaming the knit when it gets stretched out tip has helped me.

Beverly
Beverly

September 15, 2022

Love the tip…but remember to go back to basics…open your owner’s manual and check for hints on how to set your machine / attachemnt for sewing stretchy fabric…not just knits. Mine works even on stretchy toweling, velvets, denims & such. Good Luck!

Karen
Karen

September 15, 2022

Doesn’t have to be complicated, little tricks make sewing such fun.

geri
geri

September 15, 2022

My tip is to use a new needle before you start. A lot if stitch problems can be corrected with just a change of needle.

Maureen A
Maureen A

September 15, 2022

I love the coffee filter tip, it was a game changer when I took this class.

Debbie
Debbie

September 15, 2022

I have used tear away and notebook paper as stabilizers for knit fabric. But I do like the coffee filter idea and will definitely give it a try. Thanks!

Cathy
Cathy

September 14, 2022

ball point needles

Dorothy
Dorothy

September 14, 2022

I love the coffee filter as a stabilizer. I’ve tried other papers, but never this. I’ll give it a try. Thanks

Cheryl B
Cheryl B

September 14, 2022

I have used stabilizer in the past to help.

Stephanie S.
Stephanie S.

September 14, 2022

Well I have say that it is a channel to sew on knits. I will read the tutorial and hopefully get some help.

Laura
Laura

September 14, 2022

I’ve been using the coffee filter hack for a long time, I think from one of your courses. The hardest thing for me is to keep a curved seam straight using the coffee filter so I traced the curved edge on the coffee filter before pinning it in place and let the edge of the foot follow the line.

Cheryl
Cheryl

September 14, 2022

Using the correct needle makes a difference. I am looking forward to trying the coffee filter tip! thank you

Michelle
Michelle

September 14, 2022

Have lots of patience, use the correct needle and the coffee filter works great!

Tamara
Tamara

September 14, 2022

I have also found Steam a Seam Lite to be helpful with knits. I sew over it.

Karen Hurd
Karen Hurd

September 14, 2022

I tried this coffee filter method and it works spendidly!

Rebekah
Rebekah

September 14, 2022

Great idea – I will definitely try using a coffee filter next time I sew with knits!

Cheryl
Cheryl

September 14, 2022

I always have trouble with stitching hems on knit fabrics. I will definitely give this easy a hack a try!

Barb
Barb

September 14, 2022

This will be very useful and I will definitely try it.

Florence
Florence

September 14, 2022

I like sewing with knits. Tissue paper or coffee filters work great if you need a bit of help. They work best with a straight stitch though.

Judy McLellan
Judy McLellan

September 14, 2022

Love this tip on hemming knits with a coffee filter.

Leonora
Leonora

September 14, 2022

will definitely be trying this

LaNan
LaNan

September 14, 2022

Good info and such a common item to achieve great end product!

Teena
Teena

September 14, 2022

All of the tips have been so helpful! The coffee filter trick is a game-changer if you haven’t ever been taught how to use something like this. Steaming the finished seams, using the stretch needle, and the clear elastic are also all great tips. Thank you for this!

Connie
Connie

September 14, 2022

Good information!

Heidi
Heidi

September 14, 2022

Use ballpoint needle.

Laura
Laura

September 14, 2022

I like this idea and will try it next time I hem knits by machine!

June
June

September 14, 2022

I’ve used coffee filter for a long time and really like how neat the seams look..

Jennifer
Jennifer

September 14, 2022

Don’t sew knits much, maybe because of difficulty, so this tip of the coffee filters will be helpful next time I try.

Mary C
Mary C

September 14, 2022

Coffee filter stabilizer is my favorite

Nancy Curitti
Nancy Curitti

September 14, 2022

This a great tip. I have a 50+ year old sewing machine so these kind of tips help greatly.

Diane
Diane

September 14, 2022

awesome tip. have to try it !!

Cora
Cora

September 14, 2022

Great tip

Linda Cerra
Linda Cerra

September 14, 2022

I will definitely try this as I refrain from knits at the present time. Thanks for the tip

Dorothy Surdick
Dorothy Surdick

September 14, 2022

I have used tissue paper in the past which has never been a satisfactory option. The coffee filter looks like it will work much better.

Toni C
Toni C

September 14, 2022

Like the idea of coffee filters. Always used tissue paper under lace and knits, but the texture of filter papers is less slippery.

Kathleen A
Kathleen A

September 14, 2022

I am always forgetting to pick up coffee filters when shopping. So I use tissue paper. But I’ll be adding the filters to my list!

Joy
Joy

September 14, 2022

Tossing garment in dryer will correct any stretching in fabric.

Susan Fritz
Susan Fritz

September 14, 2022

It is definitely worth a try. Thanks!

Lori
Lori

September 14, 2022

Who would guess that something as simple as a coffee filter could change how you sew! Brilliant idea!!
Thank you

Bessie Cook
Bessie Cook

September 14, 2022

Great information. I use the stretch stitch on my machine. Using this with the stretch stitch might be even better.

Norma Middendorf
Norma Middendorf

September 14, 2022

I like to use the stretch stitch on my machine and a stretch needle.

CdnCrafter
CdnCrafter

September 14, 2022

Ball point needles are great for sewing with knits

Cindie D
Cindie D

September 14, 2022

Awesome! I have a knit that I need to sew a hem on! I am going to use this technique!

Kristen L.
Kristen L.

September 14, 2022

I don’t sew with knits very often but next time I’ll definitely try the coffee filter tip 😉

Jane
Jane

September 14, 2022

Looking forward to trying a coffee filter – great use for them as I no longer can drink coffee! Will continue to use a ball point needle and zigzag stitch.

Holly
Holly

September 14, 2022

My biggest problem sewing with knits is that my sewing machine is vintage and no longer does any stitch but straight…I’ll have to try the filter thing along with slightly looser seams and see.

Jo
Jo

September 14, 2022

Good information. Anything that makes life easier is good.

Kim
Kim

September 14, 2022

I have to try this. I’ve never really sewn with knits, they scare me, but maybe this will help. My neighbor had a bunch of coffee filters in her yard sale so II got them. Wish me luck!

Kathy
Kathy

September 14, 2022

A good needle, a stretch stitch and holding my thread ends when I start are always best for me when I sew knits

Charlotte
Charlotte

September 13, 2022

I’ve never tried this before, but am eager to do so now!

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