As much we love buying jersey fabrics, we know that they can be a little bit scary to sew due to the stretchiness. Jerseys are not what they first seem, they are knitted and as such made up of loops, as you can see from the diagram below.
To try and demystify them further we have put together some of our favourite tips for sewing jersey fabric.
- Ball Point Needles.
If you’re sewing a very fine jersey, such as our Cortina fabric it may be worth investing in some ball point needles. Rather than piercing the fabric, and causing small holes/tears these needles slip through the weave of the fabric. This in turn will help the seams of your garment last longer, however it needs to be noted.
- How to know which way it stretches.
This might seem basic, but I decided to include it for all of the people that are only just learning to sew. It’s simply to tell, just hold the cut edges and see how it stretches. Then do the same from the salvage edge. One way will definitely stretch more, even if it is only slightly.
- You don’t always need a Serger.
Don’t have a Serger? Don’t worry! Use a narrow stich zig-zag style, as these are perfect for seams and still allow for the stretch in the material. You can also use this style, wrapping it around the raw edge to finish the garment.
- Getting A Good Fit
To ensure I good fit, it is always worth washing jersey fabrics and allowing them to dry. You must let the fabric rest before cutting it, as cutting it while it is stretched will dramatically alter how the garment fits.
- Iron it out.
Worried about your hem being puckered. A lot of people recommend ironing the hem before sewing it.
- Walk it Off
Like having adaptions for your sewing machine? Good! A walking foot puts less pressure on the fabric, so it can move through the machine with less stretching.
When you are cutting the fabric, make sure you cut it so that the stretch goes around the body width wise.
- Stitch Length
The ideal stitch length is 2.5mm, but this is only a guide. For a thicker jersey or an interlock, make the stitch longer, alternatively make it shorter for a finer jersey.
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