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Tips for Sewing Linen Knits

Keep cool in easy-to-sew fabric from a natural fiber

Threads, Issue #209 June/July
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Linen is a natural fiber spun from the cellulose inside the stalk of a flax plant. Woven linen fabrics are a favorite of many sewers, but that is not the only way linen fiber can be used. When knitted, it is transformed into a breathable, fluid, semisheer, fine-gauge fabric that is perfect for warm weather fashion. Linen’s natural slubs give this fabric an appealing, rich texture. Dyes permeate linen beautifully, and the colors can be soft and muted or vibrant and bold.

Linen is most commonly blended in knits with spandex for recovery and body. However, it is also available in other blends. Common blends include linen/rayon/spandex, linen/cotton/ spandex, and linen/polyester. Most linen knits are lightweight jerseys, although some midweight knits can be found.  ere are also openwork linen knits.

When deciding what to make with linen knits, think flowy and simple. Let the fabric…

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