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Calendria
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Date: 3/12/12 3:27 PM

Hi, I want to make jalie 3022 and need to use knit pants with 50& stretch vertically and horizontally.

I have no idea what kind of names this would be? what kind of knit is this?

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Date: 3/12/12 5:41 PM

Your best bet is fabrics marked for swimwear or dancewear. If you're buying online, just contact their customer service before you buy. If you're buying in stores, you can check with a ruler. Grab 4 inches and see if it stretches easily to 6 inches.

The vertically and horizontally stretch labeling on fabric sites is inconsistent. Sometimes it's called 4 way stretch or all way stretch. The confusion begins when some sites also call this 2 way stretch (horizontal & vertical) and other sites call fabrics that only stretch horizontally as 2 way stretch. To make it even more confusing sometimes the stretch is pretty good horizontally and the vertical stretch is just a smidgen.

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Date: 3/12/12 6:52 PM

Adding on to what NhiHuynh said - fabrics that fit in that category (4 way stretch, 50%) will have lycra/spandex in them, and will likely be referred to as a "stretch knit". A good example would be this category of fabrics from Fabric.com http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-knit-fabric-high-performance-knit-fabric-stretch-nylon-rib-knit-fabric.aspx
Hope this helps!

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Date: 3/12/12 8:35 PM

thanx so much. yes, it does help bunches.

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