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Date: 3/8/12 10:36 PM

I'm sewing my first knit pattern - Kwik Sew 3036. I've been looking at for fabric that I can use as both my muslin and fashion fabric - something inexpensive since this is my first try. The pattern recommends knits with 25% stretch across the grain.

I've heard that interlock is difficult to work with, and I haven't been able to find the other suggested fabrics, probably because I don't know much about knits. Can you recommend a fabric to begin with?

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In reply to amysayssew <<

Date: 3/9/12 10:58 AM

I think interlock is a good knit to start with. I find cotton interlock the be one of the easiest knits to sew and inexpensive interlocks are available at places like JoAnn and Hancocks. Sometimes they will be a poly/cotton blend which is fine too if you don't mind poly. There are some poly/rayon/lycra blends at those stores that are a softer drape, maybe a little more tricky to sew but still suitable for the project and not too difficult for a beginner.


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Date: 3/9/12 12:33 PM

I agree with Sewliz about cotton interlock. What would be even less problematic is a cotton interlock or mid-weight jersey with a little lycra in it - it keeps it's recovery better during and after sewing.

I think the reason most people here say interlock is difficult to work with is the lack of good recovery in many of them, it grows a little as you sew it, as you press, and can grow A LOT as you wear it. I found this to be true on many of the 100% cotton interlocks I've purchased. I use them for muslins and jammies. But the actually sewing of cotton interlock for a beginner is great. Cotton interlock doesn't shift or slip around like the rayons, polys, or other slinky knits and the ends do not roll up - you only have to pin it here and there. It takes a seam or hem pressing beautifully (and stays creased). Finding a good quality interlock that has decent recovery is the hardest part of sewing it in my book. Since I order all my fabric online, I run at about 50-50 in successes with my purchases. I wash and dry them in warm or hot water and a hot dryer or warm dryer(lycra) 3 times to make sure they shrink before cutting.

I'm even slowly learning how to sew (and use) my poor recovery interlocks. I reinforce seams, and sew them in a slightly smaller size to allow for some eventual stretching and always use a walking foot to hem. I guess I'm one of the few here who loves *good* cotton interlocks and mid-weight jerseys and still tolerates the bad - they all have a use for me if they're soft and comfy - if not, they're muslins.

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Date: 3/9/12 6:46 PM

If you love wearing knits (and who doesn't) and you want to make your own, you've gotta take the plunge at some point! Just make sure you're using the right needle (makes ALL the difference) and be prepared to have to rip out stitches until you get it right.

It's not THAT hard and once you've tackled your first project, you'll feel much more confident.

Good luck!

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