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How to sew with knits

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Several years ago we put together this article about sewing with knits. It was from a presentation we did several years ago.

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Different types of knit fabrics

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1. Jersey Jersey is the most common type of knit fabric. To make this textile, both knit and purl stitching are put together using a single needle. Thus, this fabric is also called the single or plain knit. Among the types of knit fabrics, this one is easy to distinguish because of its unmistakable right and wrong side of fabric. Jersey knit fabric is a common textile used for making basic T-shirts. It is also perfect for draped garments like dresses and tops. It can come in any fiber, we stock wool, hemp, bamboo, and cotton. We also stock tencel, modal,...

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How to select sewing thread

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Thread Types:   All Purpose - polyester or cotton wrapped polyester• Strong with a bit of give• Suitable for most machine and hand sewing projects Cotton - strong with no give and has a silky finish• Suitable for basic machine or hand sewing projects• Not suggested for sewing knits  Hand Quilting - 100% natural mercerized cotton• Strong with a silk-like luster for HAND quilting• Coated so it slides easily through layers of fabric Machine Quilting - 100% cotton thread• Strong with a silk-like luster suitable for machine sewing• Especially good for long arm machine quilting Silk - fine and often used for embroidery• Ideal for...

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How to select a sewing needle.

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Sharp/Microtex NeedlesSharp point needles are for use with tightly woven fabrics. They have a very slim acute point that creates beautiful top-stitching and perfectly straight stitches for quilt piecing. These needles come in varying sizes from the finest size 9 to the heaviest size 18. Universal Point NeedlesUniversal needles are an all-purpose needle for sewing wovens and knits. The point is slightly rounded and the needle is tapered so that it slips through the weave of knits easily while still retaining enough sharpness to pierce woven fabrics. Universal needles typically come with all sewing machines. They come in many different sizes...

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Washable wool interlock

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Washable wool interlock in stripes and colors

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