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bamboo knit fabric

rsew | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Would bamboo knit fabric be considered as a moderate knit to use for

vogue pattern marcy tilton 8497 ?  the fabric stretches both crosswise and

lenghtwise.

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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    The actual amount of stretch in the fabric will determine if it is suitable. Fold a single layer of fabric on the crossgrain, not on the very edge, but down a bit and in the middle of the fabric. Pin off a 4 inch section with 2 pins. Using a ruler, gently stretch the fabric to see how far it stretches. If the 4 inches stretches to 6 inches, it has 50% stretch. A Moderate stretch is considered to be 25%. If you check your pattern envelope, there may be a stretch guide already printed on there to help you decide if it is the appropriate stretchiness. A more stretchy fabric can work if it has enough body. You definitely would have to stabilize some features if they tend to ripple and stretch out as you sew them. I am not familiar with the actual fabric, as I do not know exactly the weight and stretch. The pattern calls for jersey weight, so it seems appropriate. See what the others have to say also. Cathy

    1. rsew | | #2

      thank you!

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        ThreadKoe | | #3

        What did you decide on your knit? How is it working out? Just wondering. Cathy

      2. rsew | | #4

        Hi

        I decided to use the bamboo knit fabric to sew New Look Pattern # 6414.

        I decided to add a bias cut strip of fabric to the neckline and edges of the

        wrap which to my eye looks more finished.  I also cut strips of the salvage

        edge of the fabric to use as the outside ties .  I have a Janome Compulock

        serger and attempting to use the coverstitch along the neckline but am

        having problems stitching over the shlder and backseams.  I have been

        experimenting with the looper and needle tensions to get this to look right.

        Thanks for your interest.

        Sherry  

         

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          ThreadKoe | | #6

          Have you tried to grade the seam allowances at those points? Cutting through just the top layers of fabric in the seam allowance, thinning out the layers, just enough that the cutting blade and needle can handle the thickness at that point. Be careful not to cut the actual seam threads, just the overlock threads. If you have stabilized the shoulders you are getting a lot of fabric building up there and you are going to have to remove some in order to sew through it. Cathy

          1. rsew | | #7

            Hi

            Yes, I have graded the seam allowances . So I will give the cover stitch a try.

            thank you!

            sherry

  2. woodruff | | #5

    You might want to read Noile's review of this pattern:

    http://www.noile.net/?p=219

    She got a terrible result with a soft, drapy knit, and her review was quite negative as a result. Marcy Tilton herself responded, with the suggestion that this pattern works best with sturdy knits with a little lycra in them.

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