Funny story: My husband has been talking about getting a plain black sweater that zips up in the front. I started looking for one, and came to the realization that pullovers are much less expensive. I asked my Plurk buddies if anyone had ever taken a commercially made sweater, steaked it, and made it into a cardigan. Well the answer was YES. Not 2 minutes later I get my daily email from Knitting Daily on the same subject. Well, not totally, but it talks about using a sewing machine to finish hand knit projects.
I find it interesting that more knitters don’t think of this. I think when a lot of us knit, we think about knitting a garment, or the entire piece as a whole, rather than what it really is – FABRIC. We just so happen to create the fabric in such a way that it creates an entire piece not just a giant swatch… which when you think about it is exactly what a yard of knit fabric is when you buy it from the store. You wouldn’t think twice about cutting a piece of knit fabric you got from Mood or Jo-Ann to make a t-shirt or dress, why should it be any different for something say a sweater?
For an excelent introduction to using machine sewing with hand knits, check out Machine Sewing and Knitting? Yes! – Knitting Daily – Knitting Daily.