Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Choosing Knit Fabrics


I love using knit, or stretch, fabrics.  They are comfy, easy to work with and perfect for our active family.  Don't get me wrong, I love woven fabrics too.  But knits are such comfortable fabrics and my kids love them.  
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A lot of people are scared of using knits.  They aren't sure which fabrics to use for what projects.  So today, we are going to give you a little guide to using some common knit fabrics.

Jersey Knits, Medium to Light Weight

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Lots of Stretch
Jersey fabrics have quite a bit of stretch .  They are also very soft and smooth.  They are a bit thinner than other knits so they aren't always great to use for tops like a t-shirt.  But they do work and have a great drape.  So I usually use them more for dresses or flowy tops.  
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Interlock Fabrics
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Medium Stretch
Interlock is probably my preferred choice for knit tops.  It has a great weight, or thickness.  It stretches well but not too much.  It is soft and comfy.  It drapes fairly well, but not as well as Jersey.  So you might not want to use an interlock for a flowy top or dress.  But it is perfect for something like our Tinley Tee or Rival Raglan.

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Ponte Knit Fabrics
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Small amount of stretch
Ponte knits do not have as much stretch.  They are also a heavier weight.  They work for tops like a t-shirt, but they can have a coarser texture than jersey or interlock.  Ponte is sturdy and great for skirts or jackets.  I have found they tend to pill more in washing.  Meaning they get little fuzzy balls on them after so many washes.  So you may need to handwash or just wash and lay flat to dry.  

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info it's helpful for us that are just starting to sew with knits

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  2. Thanks! I just happen to buy a yard of Jersey Knit for a comfy pencil skirt, when I got home I felt that maybe I grabbed the wrong kind, it looked so thin.

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    1. I love jersey knit dresses Wendy. Will be super comfy and fit perfect. Happy sewing!

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