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roone | Posted in Talk With Us on

Hi, I have a beautiful piece of fabric and cannot find matching ribbing. Can anyone tell me how to create ribbing using the fabric I have. It is a non stretch fabric though. I will greatly appreciate anyone’s suggestions. Thanks Roone


  1. SewTruTerry | | #1

    Are you wanting ribbing or bias trim?  If you are wanting ribbing or something like ribbing you could thread a bobbin with elastic thread and put a double needle in the machine and sew row after row of double needle pin tucks next to each other and that will give you a faux ribbing with a minimun amount of stretch.  If you are wanting bias trim then you will need a square of the material and fold oposite corners together and then folded area would be bias.  You then mark the bias edge and cut your strips from that angle.

    1. roone | | #3

      Thank you Terry. I will try to make the ribbing that way. The neckline I'm trying to make is a mock turtle neck style. Kade

  2. kjp | | #2

    If you can get to a Jjill store, it's worth a look for innovative neckline and sleeve edge treatments.  (or look online at http://www.jjill.com) On many of their tshirts, they use other fabrics to edge the sleeves or neckline, such as organza, cottons cut on straight or bias, contrasting fabric, fabrics with raw edge unfinished.  Also, you could use a narrow strip of your fabric -- 1/4" bias strip if it's woven.  As long as you have enough room for hands and head to get through, you don't need a stretch ribbing. 


    1. roone | | #4

      Thank you Kjp. I have ordered a J.Jill calalogue. We don't have one anywhere near North Bay. Hopefully the catalogue will give me some ideas. I heard from Terry and she suggested I make my ribbing by threading elastic thread in the bobbin and using a twin needle sew rows and rows. This would create a ribbing for a mock turtle nect with minimum stretch. I will try this since I really want the neckline to match. I do appreciate your suggestion. kade

      Edited 6/23/2005 6:05 am ET by roone

      1. kjp | | #5

        sounds like Terry's idea will work best for mock turtlenecks - you would want the stretch then.  Good luck!  karin

  3. DONNAKAYE | | #6

    It may not be the look you wanted, but have you considered trying swimsuit Lycra/Spandex?  I use it for lots of stuff, and that is one I have tried before with excellent results.  It comes in an infinite variety of colors and prints, too.

    1. roone | | #7

      Hi DonnaKaye

      Sorry I took so long to respond I'm on vacation. Thank you for your suggestion regarding ribbing. No I've never tried using spandex for ribbing. It wouldn't work for this application however I make my daughters skating dresses and I will use your idea on the next one, thank you so much. Karen

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