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How to Sew with Lightweight Knits

Threads magazine - 167 - June/July 2013 Issue
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If you want to make comfortable, attractive garments with a carefree aesthetic, then lightweight knits are the ideal fabric choice. Their characteristic weightlessness, stretch, drape, lack of bulk-and the ease with which they can be sewn-make these modern fabrics highly wearable. They can be used to create a wide variety of styles, from sporty to feminine and whimsical to sophisticated. Many lightweight knits are perfect for sewing clothes to wear in summer weather and warm locales, but they also make excellent year-round layering pieces for everyday wear or travel wardrobes. The array of lightweight knits on the market is mindboggling, and selecting the right type for a particular project can seem tricky. Your choice depends on the garment design and the fabric characteristics needed. But never fear-in this article from Threads #167, Connie Crawford will help you make the best pairing of lightweight knit and design.

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  1. user-2068325 December 5th

    I can sew the fabric but I lack imagination .....so thanks for the advice!

  2. DRWsews October 10th

    Thanks for the tip. I am about to start a knit blouse today and was suffering the usual worries about the fabric.

  3. carolhenderson August 26th

    I love wearing knits as I live in Phoenix, which is hot most of the time. However rather than cutting fabric using layers of paper, I spray it with starch which I wash out when the item is sewn. I find this makes the fabric much easier to sew as it doesn't stretch but acts as a woven.

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