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Sewing with Jersey knits

By Kathy Grondin


Soft, supple knits such as jersey knits continue to be not only fashionable but functional this season. Take a stroll through your favorite department store or specialty store and you are likely to see soft knit dresses, tops, pants and relaxed jackets.


With our hints and tips you can sew these same fashions, custom fit for you by Unique.


Buy a little more ...

Some knits are more “twisted” than others from being on the fabric bolt, so you may want to purchase extra fabric to allow for any uneven edges. Many prints are quite large; you may want to allow additional fabric to match patterns.


Pre-wash ...

It is essential to pre-wash knit fabrics. Most can be machine washed and dried. Follow the laundry instructions indicated on the bolt end. Some knits will progressively shrink, so wash twice just to be sure.


Pattern selection ...

Unique has a wonderful selection of modern trendy patterns perfect for jersey knits. Check out dresses 3678S1 and 6697N0. 3678S1 features soft pleats and gathers and is a versatile style. Make in a mod print for impact or choose basic black for your next party. 6697N0 is a mock wrap – the look of a wrap dress without the fear of accidentally showing too much. Look at 3800S0 – S5 for great wardrobe coordinates all sized for stretch knits. Knits are great for travel too.



Cut ...

Use pattern weights and good sharp scissors. I like to use a Razor Edge scissor for cutting. Jersey knits are also an ideal fabric to cut with a rotary mat and cutter.


Sew ...

Stabilize shoulder, crotch and neck edges with narrow strips of fusible weft interfacing (now available in black too!). This will prevent excess stretching and sagging. Transparent elastic can also be used to stabilize edges. Apply the elastic without stretching and it will give a nice finished edge. Choose a ball point or stretch needle in a size appropriate for the weight of the fabric.

Stitch with one of the stretch stitches on your machine or use a narrow zigzag. These stitches will build stretch into the seams so that the seams do not “pop” when the garment is worn.


Hem choices ...

Use strips of fusible weft interfacing, cut the depth of the hem, fused in place. Hem in place with a twin needle (sew with the right side up) for a ready to wear finish or hem by hand if desired. The interfacing will add weight and body to the hemline for a professional finish.


Enjoy wearing your new creations!



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