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How to attach a ribbed sleeve Cuff on Knit Fabric...Working with Knit Fabric..."Quartering" a ribbed cuff.

This is the type of ribbed sleeve cuff that you would attach at the end of a sleeve on a sweatshirt, warm-up jacket, or a pair of knit sweat pants. It is a circular knit garment cuff that has a great amount of stretch to it. It looks difficult to make, but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy, and fun to do.

This type of ribbed sleeve cuff works best for garments made with knit fabrics.

In this example we are attaching it to the end of a sleeve which will be a warm up jacket. (see photo below)

First prepare your sleeve as your pattern directions say.

If this is your first time sewing with knit or you are not that familiar please read our how to make a knit seam page first, and our Sewing with knit fabric  information page.

(Ribbing is what is used on most cuffs made this way.  It can be found near the knit fabric section at your local fabric store.)

(Ribbing - knitting a section of knitting in a pattern of raised vertical lines, making a stretchy fabric)

You can also use the knit fabric that your garment is made out of for your cuff!

Measure your wrist and add 1 inch.  Cut your ribbing 6" X the measurement you just came up with.

Pin the 6" sides together (see photo) and stitch 1/4".

Fold your ribbing in half with pretty sides up forming a cuff.

The process of adding a ribbed cuff sleeve is called "Quartering."  It is called this because we are going to divide your sleeve hem into 4 parts, and your cuff in 4 parts, (hence 1/4 = quartering.)

First let's do the sleeve.  On the hem (bottom) of your sleeve place a pin the opposite end of the seam as shown in the photo.

We have just divided your sleeve in half with the pin and the seam.  Now we need to quarter it.  Next, fold the sleeve hem in half by bringing the pin and the seam together.  The half way point needs to be marked on the sleeve hem with pins.  You should have 3 pins and a seam marking your 4 points on the sleeve hem.  See the photo.
Making sure your cuff is folded in half and looks like a cuff as shown in the photo, we need to do the same to your cuff.

Quarter your cuff just as you did the sleeve.

Once your sleeve hem and your cuff are quartered, this is what they should look like.
Now, place your sleeve cuff over your sleeve just as it shows in the photo.  Pin the sleeve cuff to the sleeve hem MATCHING the pins.  (The sleeve should be way bigger than the sleeve cuff.)
Now the tricky part.  Once you have pinned them together, so that they are equally quartered, take out the arm or sleeve of your sewing machine.  (some people call it the arm, others call it the sleeve)  You need to STRETCH the sleeve and sleeve cuff that you pinned over the arm of your machine.  And I mean STRETCH.

Stitch using the pressure foot as your guide (or 1/4 seam allowance) around the sleeve cuff/sleeve hem.  Make sure you are Stretching it as you are sewing.

Make sure to back-tack to hold it in place.  Turn to pretty side out.


Circular Knit Ribbed Garment Cuff for the warm-up jacket.

Finished warm-up jacket made from soft stretch velour.



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