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Choose the Best Lightweight Knit for Your Garment Design

Learn the secrets of choosing the right lightweight knit and design for your garment-sewing project.

Threads magazine - 167 - June/July 2013 Issue
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The array of lightweight knit fabrics on the market is mind-boggling, and selecting the right one for your garment-sewing project can be tricky. Lightweight knits are not just for summer weather and warm locales. Although designers often use light and airy knit fabrics for simple, casual-chic garments, they work equally well for more complex cuts, such as draped and twisted designs that lend themselves to more sophisticated, year-round garments. Click on the below PDF article from Threads #167, June/July 2013, to learn the best pairings of lightweight knits and design. The article by Connie Crawford outlines the fabric content and characteristics of 10 common lightweight knits, and how to determine a knit’s stretch and recovery to match it to a pattern.¬†Included are sewing tips and techniques for cutting lightweight knits, such as selecting the right thread and choosing a seam style. To learn how to create a light, clean hem on lightweight fabrics, watch this Kenneth D. King video tutorial, available to Insider members . For more Insider member content, visit the Threads Insider page.

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  1. user-6908281 May 31st

    The pdf or pages about knits does not open. Problems like this happen too often. It is not worthwhile being an insider if the process is not made more reliable and user friendly.

  2. User avater fair May 31st

    Is Knit fabric available through your web site?

  3. user-2068325 December 5th

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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