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Date: 7/23/13 7:48 AM

what is an easy to work with jersey fabric?

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Date: 7/23/13 8:14 AM

Polyester/lycra ITY knit is relatively easy to sew. Nancy's Notion's Brazil Knit is a good one to try.

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Date: 7/23/13 12:17 PM

I'd say cotton is the easiest. Any rayon will be slinky and hard to manage.
I prefer some lycra in my knits, but 100% cotton will be the most stable/forgiving to work with.

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Date: 7/23/13 12:30 PM

i just made one 95/5 cotton/lycra that was FAR easier to work with than the 95/5 rayon/spandex one that i had tried previously.

as my first jersey knit top, i think rayon/spandex was a very bad choice for me. it is slippery and stretches terribly out of shape. the cotton blend held it shape and was very easy to sew with.

i ordered some of the laguna stretch cotton by robert kaufman, and it washed really well and didn't stretch when i cut it out (i haven't sewn it yet). :)

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Date: 7/23/13 1:29 PM

Cotton/lycra has a more stiffer hand than a rayon/lycra or poly/lycra, often making it easier to sew. I would advise against 100% any fabric; lycra is what gives the fabric the ability to recover when stretched.

My personal preferred jersey knit is rayon/lycra.

You can order fabric swatches from many different places; Christine Jonson has knit fabric swatch collections for a nominal price. They are large enough to sew some seams on and get a feel for what you prefer.

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IMO, the very best rayon/lycra fabrics are from Emma One Sock; she supplies large samples at minimal or no cost.

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Date: 7/23/13 6:38 PM

I hate wearing any polyester knit, so my choice would be a cotton knit as well. In fact one of my first successful knit tops was a cotton knit without lycra. I sew a lot of rayon lycra jerseys, but they can be harder to begin with.
The only issue I have with cotton lycra is that the edges tend to roll making it harder to sew.
Marcy Tilton has some very good tips on sewing with knits on her website. There are also 3 or 4 classes on sewing knits on Craftsy.com. I haven't taken any of the knit classes, but I've really enjoyed most of the classes that I've taken there.

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Date: 7/23/13 7:50 PM

I just received my order of a rayon cotton blend jersey from Mood Fabrics so I'm curious to see how it does. I don't know the percentages and not sure how I'll wash it but I'll check my Claire Schaeffer book on fabrics. It seems to be a bit heavy for a top so I may make a cardi or use it for winter.

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Date: 7/24/13 0:41 AM

It can be a little bit of a puzzle trying to decided which side is the 'right' side of the fabric. Remember, it rolls right. When you stretch the fabric it will roll toward to right side of the fabric.

Also using a little wonder tape to hold the seams together to start sewing make it really easy to sew. Only need about an inch of tape. It washes out easily.

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Date: 7/24/13 0:55 AM

This thread is restoring my sanity. With little to no experience with knits, I picked an inexpensive 95/5 rayon/spandex to make a wearable muslin. I don't expect much from this top but I didn't expect it to be so hard to work with. I'm glad it's not just me.

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Date: 7/24/13 4:44 AM

after years of not sewing, I decided to make a top using some jersey, it was so hard to work with, I felt like I had never sewed before. I was just totally frustrated with it. So I want to make it again with some jersey that I can work with. Thanks for the suggestions.

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