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Jerseys, cotton interlock, spandex, lycra..what is what?
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Date: 2/13/12 8:34 AM

Okay...dumb question....what is the difference between jersey knits, cotton interlock, double knits, rayon knits, spandex, lycra etc? Doesn't jersey come in wools too? Someone could lay out a piece of each and I wouldn't know what was what? Duh!!!! I love to sew tops out of knits but I never know what to buy!
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Date: 2/13/12 12:30 PM

Try not to get fibers and type of knits mixed up. For example jersey can come in cotton, wool, polyester, etc.

Jersey is a single knit with (fine) lengthwise ribs on one side and horizontal rows on the back. 100% cotton jersey has a low amount of stretch and has tendencies to curl after washing. A cotton/lycra blend jersey will have more stretch. There are also Ity Jersey that is usually poly/lycra used in dresses and tops.

Interlock is a closely knit fabric that is the same on both sides. It's a little thicker than jersy and has more mechanical stretch. (stretch from the knitting process) It's often seen in 100% cotton or poly/cotton blend. Used for knit tops and very popular in childrens wear.

Double knit is a heavier knit, knitted with 2 sets of needles and both sides look the same when there is no pattern.
It holds it shape well and has little stretch. Ponte poly/rayon lycra is a hybrid doubleknit that is popular often used for pants/skirts/jackets.

Lycra blended with another fiber will give more stretch and also recovery. The ability for the fabric to bounce back and not get stretched out of shape.
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Date: 2/13/12 12:46 PM

thanks so much for that!
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Date: 2/13/12 4:30 PM

Wow...so much useful info for me! Thanks so much.
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Date: 2/13/12 6:56 PM

I didn't know that. Thanks for the question and the answer.
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