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Working with Knit Fabric...How to sew with Knit fabrics

2 tiered gathered skirt made from stretch velour knit fabric.

 

We will be taking a look at the process of making the Knit skirt shown above.

Keep in mind when sewing with knit fabrics that they are knit, therefore, they stretch. They also "curl" or "roll" while you work with them, therefore making it a little difficult to work with if you are not an experienced designer or dress maker. Take a good look at the hem on the photo above.  It is not lying flat, I will need to press it again because it is beginning to "roll" even though I have pressed it once.  I recommend beginners stay away from working with knit fabric until you are comfortable with your sewing machine, and your sewing skills.

Notice in this photo how the fabric curls while I am trying to sew it.

Knit fabrics, especially the soft velour, and comfortable light weight sweatshirt type of fabric are very nice to wear and if sewn properly, look very professional.  Please take a look at ALL of our Sewing with Knit Fabric pages before you begin.

The photo below shows a warm-up jacket made from soft velour knit fabric.  Once a garment is made, it should hang on a dress form for 5-7 days to complete it's shape. ALWAYS test your iron setting on a test piece of fabric before pressing your garment.  And when working with velour or fabrics with a "nap" only press on the wrong side of the garment.  If you look real close at this photo, on the lower right, on the pocket, you will see irons marks.  They appeared even though I was working on the wrong side or ugly side of the fabric because my iron setting was too high.

Because knit "rolls" and "curls" one can never use enough pins.  You will want to use about twice as many pins as you normally would use when sewing the cotton.  Even so, your fabric will still roll.  Lots of pining and correct ironing and pressing must take place for your garment to have professional look when done.  Notice how many pins were used in making the skirt.

When working with Knit Fabric, Ball Point Pins should be used.

   
   

 

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