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Sewing with Knit Fabric | Different Kinds of Knits

Sewing with Knit Fabric:

Knits are an important part of every wardrobe because they are comfortable to wear and easy to care for. They shed wrinkles well and do not ravel when sewn. Knits are versatile and can be seen in everything from the most casual wear to the dressiest. Knit come in a variety of fabrics that vary in texture, stretchability, fiber content, weight and design.


Structure of knit fabric
Structure of knit fabric

Different Kinds of Knit Stitch:

A knit is fabric made from interlocking looped stitches. Knit fabrics available for sewing can be grouped into six general categories.

  • Firm, stable knits: These stretch very little and are handled similarly to woven fabrics. These include double knit and Raschel knits, a novelty knit recognized by lacy, stable construction.
  • Lightweight single knits: They have lengthwise ribs on the right side, horizontal rows on the reverse side and moderate stretch. Examples are jerseys and tricot knit.
  • Interlock knits: These are lightweight, drapable and have a fair amount of crosswise stretch. They do not curl at the edges, but can run on the crosswise edge. Interlock knits are heavier, thicker and easier to sew than jersey knit.
  • Textured knits: These may be single or double knit. Examples include knitted terry and velour, sweater knit and sweatshirt fleece. These knit have moderate to good stretch except sweatshirt fleece, which has little or no stretch.
  • Tho-way stretch knit: They stretch in both length and width and have a high percentage of resilient spandex fibers. These knits are usually selected for active sportswear.
  • Ribbing: This is a stretchy knit used for stretch trims at wrists, ankles, neck and waist. It is available in tubular ribbing and in rib trim.



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