off grain knit
I have a piece of french terry that is twisted. If I trim one end on the cross grain and fold lengthwise it won’t lie flat. To get it to lie flat the cut edges are misaligned by 2-3 inches. Is there a way to straighten it? If not how do I cut it? Do I let the cut edges go and get it to lie flat? Cut it one layer at a time? I’m making a cardigan with a separate front band.
You haven't said if you have washed the fabric or not. In my experience, washing and drying a wonky piece of fabric before cutting out the pieces usually puts it back in shape.
*Hi Judy, Yes, the fabric is prewashed which makes this a weird problem. Hope sombody has some advice because I'd like to cut it now!
*If you have washed and dried it and it's still off grain, I think you'll have to just go with it that way--chances are you will not be able to straighten it. If pattern matters, you can cut each piece separately. Make sure the fabric is lying flat and don't forget to turn the pattern over when you cut the second (matching) piece.
*I was always under the impression that the cross-grain ends of knits would never match up. One of my good reference books said to stitch (or otherwise mark) the full length of a rib (tedious, but it works) then fold the fabric along your marked lengthwise grain. Don't worry about the ends at all. Does anyone else have info or experience to bear this out? It works for me at least.
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