Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stretchable knit jersey fabric

These are the A-line skirts I made for my customer:



This is the first time I worked with stretchable knit jersey fabrics. The fabric is uh.. heavy and stretchy: boing-boing stretchy. Not complaining but it's very hard to sew as its stretchy (I mentioned this before, ya I know) so the stitches kinda hopping. I even changed the needle to gold-head needle type, it did help but not a lot. The hopping effect still there especially when I pressed the pedal in inconsistency speed. So to avoid the bouncing stitches, I have to really careful in control the speed, not too fast and not too slow.

And the most difficult technique was to put the concealed zipper. Telling the truth, concealed zipper is way easier than the normal zipper, but not when using this boing-boing fabric. The stretchy effect made it very difficult to adjust the position of the zipper.


Ok, that's all about my experienced sewing with stretchy fabrics. If you have acquaintance sewing with such fabrics and have tips on how to sew one, do share with me :) I love to read your experience.

10 comments:

  1. ohh tak dpt membayangkan keberatan fabric tu iskkk

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  2. Mai, berat ok lagi. Yang boing-boing yang tak tahan tu..

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  3. niza... boleh try pakai non stick foot utk kain2 jenis stretchy niii. normally combination of non-stick foot and gold needle is the best.

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  4. ooo... boink-boink tu yg buat i think 40x before sewing this type of fabby... Mila, kena refer to the SM supplier ke nk dpt non-stick foot ni... tq for the experience sharing...

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  5. faizlily... Not sure.. mine, I got it from LSN, its for Brother SM, the price +-RM20 if not mistaken. Not sure whether boleh masuk SM jenama lain ke tak.

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  6. Mila, non-stick foot eh? Nnt nk cari la.. Neeza pakai industrial ada ke ha? Kalo domestik tu mmg tau ada..
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    Lily, ye yang boing-boing tu sgt la tidak tahannya.. but do try, mana tau u suka ke.. hehehe :)

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  7. i really like to try sewing knit/lycra... pakcik google kata pakai ball-point needle and poly thread... or sandwich toilet paper between fabbies and foot to avoid skipping. checked at kedai along jln TAR dia bagi yellow neddle...

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  8. Faizlily, yellow needle tu gold-head needle la.. hehehe.. thanks for the tips, nnt if encounter such fabby lagi, nk cuba tips yg u kasik tu.. :D

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  9. salam. my aunty buat all kinds of tudung using streachy fabric, i tengok o.k je, cantik bukan main jahitannya. dia guna sewing machine electrolux,kalu tak silap.my advice, u tanya tudung maker la. dia orang expert bab knit/lycra ni.

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  10. Hi Neeza...this is my first comment to your entry. anyway, it is interesting to be reading about the problem u had on skipped stitches bila nak jahit jersey fabrics...i had similar experience that i'd like to share and am using the industrial machine. jenuh googling around for solutions. secara tak sengaja through trial and error i cuba tukar sewing needle to a bigger ones and it worked. usually i pakai jarum no. 9 or 11 utk kain2 biasa, but utk jahit jersey i had to use jarum no. 16. problem solved. apparently jersey fabrics are closely knitted and jarum kecik susah nak tembus, which is why you need a thicker needle to poke through the fabric. I never had this problem with cotton mix with lycra fabrics though. only with jersey knits. Hope this helps :)

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