A guide to take the mystery out of sewing stretch knit fabric
Hey y’all, welcome to sewing with knits month on the blog! This month I’m going to be covering tips and techniques for successful knit fabric sewing, and that starts with knowing your stretch fabrics. Because the more you know, the more likely you won’t curse your machine and give up on sewing stretchy fabrics forever after you try it.
So today I’ve got a video showing different types of knits, how they’re made, and how they behave. If the video below won’t load for some reason, you can also watch it here. And if you prefer a written rundown of everything I talk about in the video, check out this post.
And finally, here’s a great cheat sheet on the types of knit fabrics. This covers the most common types of stretch fabrics you’ll find in stores. If you’re an absolute beginner to sewing with knits, note that I recommend interlock as a great starter fabric.
Remember that this chart refers to the construction of the knit, not the fiber. Fiber is what the yarn or thread is made of, like cotton, spandex, polyester, rayon, bamboo, etc. The same fabric constructed in different fibers will behave slightly differently. For example, you might have a cotton jersey or a polyester jersey. The cotton jersey will likely be softer and lighter and more breathable than the polyester jersey. The polyester jersey will likely have more drape than the cotton jersey. A cotton/poly blend jersey might have characteristics of both.
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