Machine Sewn steeks
In order to machine sew the steeks I need to mark the center stitch as a cutting line, there are 2 ways that I use, first, (and safest) is to run a line of basting with some contrasting waste yarn.
For some reason the waste yarn did not want to show on the right (public) side so I simply sewed the steek from the inside of the sweater, doesn't matter, both work.
The basted side happened to be the side that was start of round and the ends need to be attended to before the steek is sewn or I end up practicing the words-not-to-be-said-in-front-of-Mother, or the granddaughter for that matter. So after attending to the yarn ends. (tied in square knots and trimmed, (remember the steek will be folded back and sewed down so nobody except me(and now you, of course) will know)) I preceded to pick up a yarn needle and waste yarn and sew up the center line of stitches. (Those ends you see are from the 3-needle bindoff, and will be attended to later, since they need weaving in)
Up stairs to the machine, (everybody is up now) and the machine has red thread. that
is fine, use whatever is already on it, because, (all together now) the steeks will be folded back and sewn down and no one will know! Besides with red you can see what I did, this is all for you dear Blog reader, and yes, also because I am lazy. I used a multiple stitch zig-zag because 1. it is stretchy, and 2. I paid a lot of money for this machine and I should use a feature every now and then, and 3. it only involves pushing 3 buttons, and I am not that lazy.
The other method I use is for those
And here it is after sewing, and there is a closeup because I did it right and want everyone to see it. (and if I had messed up there probably would not have been, maybe)
And the last picture is what the basted one looked like from the right side. These are now ready to be cut with my tiny sharp embroidery scissors when I am ready to put in the sleeves, which will be after I do the neckband.