Hello! I’ve been wondering what type of fabric to use for my next projects. All this is making me frustrated when I don’t know much about fabrics, So which means I need to slowly get to know them all and study them. Best is to feel them! So that you will know how the fabric like and what type of fabric is this.
When I start to sew apparel like skirts, I actually get a bit frustrated when it turns out to be the wrong size or whatsoever.
So my best recommend is, get some cheap fabrics from your local fabric store and test out first before you buy a nice actual one. To me I actually buy 100% cotton fabric to do out my skirt and it turns out to be fine. Those simple skirt but not those twirling or weave type, is just a bit stiff type that sew with cotton fabrics.
If you want a twirling type, Knit Fabric is the best choice, or even polyester as for what I know. Sometimes it’s good to do some online research, they can gives you the information that you want. Knit fabric is stretchy, it’s made of different fibres.
There is some notes you have to know before you head down to your fabric store.
Understanding the fabrics
Before you decide to buy the fabrics, sometimes is like you saw something which is nice and you want it so much and is like oh it not the one that you need for now. So choose another one before you make a wrong choice.
Knits fabrics have a few type which comes in different way of stretch, it can be 2 – ways or 4 ways stretch. It depends on the way it’s been made. For 2 – ways it’s stretches just horizontal or vertical. As for 4 – ways, it’s stretches both horizontal and vertical. You can defiantly find some nice fabric online. I do love nice prints designs. Check out the links below!
One important thing to remember is that the direction of the stretch must go AROUND the body part so that it can open wide enough to fit over. If you are making shirts or legging, make sure you use the correct stretch direction so that it wont turn out too tight for some of your body part.
Use the right needles
For the needles, I do use a normal one to try out on stretch fabric. It turn out to be ok to me. I not sure is it necessary to use a Stretch Needle, but I think it should be good to. As for me I stick to my normal needles. Some sewers did advice to use a stretch ones. So if you don’t mind getting it, just go ahead with your choice.
Use the right Thread
So far I only use Polyester Thread which I bought it from my local craft store. Any polyester are good to go, you don’t need any expensive ones thou. As long it won’t snapped easily when you sew or can go with the brand which you find it quite common to you, just get it. Feel free to try out others type of thread like cotton or whatsoever. And see which one goes well for you. Try it a non used piece of fabric first before you wasted your fabric. The feeling goanna be like “Argh” and you failed to continue the projects.
Using the Right Stitches
When you use the wrong stitch on the wrong fabrics, usually it happen to snapped and breaks. As for Knits fabric, you need to choose a correct stitch which will expend your fabric. Which means you can’t use straight stitch for stretch fabric.
Mostly Sewing machine will have lots of variety stitches to play with. Make use of it and try out different stitches and play around with it, it will be best cause you will get use to it, sooner you will know which stitch works for what type of fabric. Trial and error :). So far I’ve tried Zig Zac stitch, I still need some time to figure out as I just started a project for apparel.
Lastly is to iron your hem to give it a nice finished, so that it will look nice and professional.
I’m doing some testing to make a skirt, do check out m post for updates! Just wish me success! Do share with me or leave me a comment below to share your experience! ^.^v