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Scuba Fabric: What is it? How Best to Sew it?

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What Is Scuba Fabric?

Scuba fabric seems to be causing some confusion among newer sewers at the moment, so we thought we would try and explain what the fabric is and the best way to make it up. Scuba has been used in ‘high street fashion’ for a few years now for summer/spring clothing. So there is little wonder many of us want to use it in our own creations.

When people say ‘scuba fabric’ many think of the tradition neoprene fabric wetsuits are made from, however scuba is more malleable and thinner (it also doesn’t have that layer of foam wet suits have) so don’t let the name put you off.

It is in fact a double knit fabric, like a Ponte Roma – however it would be unfair to compare the two as they are often made from different compositions. As a general rule Scuba fabrics tend to be made from Polyester, whilst Ponte Roma fabrics are usually from viscose and lycra.

They also have different properties, while Ponte Roma has stretch, scuba jersey is well known for having both good stretch and recovery. Something that you will appreciate, if like me you tend to accidentally pull/stretch fabrics while sewing them!


What to Do with Scuba Fabric?

Scuba is generally used to make dance-wear, leggings and dresses (think of evening or party dresses) and is quite easy to care for. When sewing scuba, we would recommend using larger stitches than you may normally do so, to account for both the stretch and the ‘spongey’ texture of the fabric.

We would also suggest using a ball point needle, these can be easily (and cheaply) purchased and make the world of difference for knit fabrics. Knit fabrics such as scuba, jersey and Ponte Roma are knitted rather than woven, and a ball point needle will be able to slide through the gaps in the knit rather than piercing it.

If you are in a hurry to make a dress for a special occasion, scuba is a brilliant fabric to choose as you do not always need to hem it. In fact, if you are a sewer that is short on time, you can more often than not get away with no hemming as the fabric doesn’t fray.


We hope this has cleared up some of the confusion about this fabric, and given you a few inside tips on how to sew it with ease. If you have made something, or are making something out of Scuba fabric we’d love to see it and hear about your experiences. Let us know in the comments, on our Facebook page, or on our Twitter. If you want to add some scuba to your fabric stash, you can view our range here. 

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  • Reply
    Ms Isobel Fury ISOS Briefly
    10/03/2016 at 2:16 PM

    Could you send me scuba fabric samples please because I may be able to make swim suits and specialised medical underwear with that fabric especially if I do not need to overlock edges?

    Please change my email address from to because talktalk tiscali is not working.

    • Reply
      11/03/2016 at 10:00 AM


      Yes we’d be happy to send you some samples. If you can send your name/address to and just let us know that it is scuba samples you want, I will ensure some get sent out to you.

  • Reply
    29/03/2016 at 2:57 PM

    I would be interested to hear from people who have worn it and to hear if it gets hot/sweaty and also if it washes ok

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    Janet Clar3
    06/04/2017 at 5:04 PM

    I have just bought some of this material to make a linger length jacket. I was also going to line the jacket, would you say that’s the right thing to do?

    • Reply
      13/04/2017 at 10:01 AM


      You shouldn’t need to line the jacket, you could try overlocking it though if you wanted.

      If I can be of any more help, please just let me know.

      Kind regards

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