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Date: 10/9/13 7:47 AM

I've seen needles that say Jersey and ones that say ball point and even ones that say knit and stretch. How do you know which ones to use on knit fabric?

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Date: 10/9/13 9:25 AM

Gorgeous Fabrics' video on youtube explains it better than I can. I follow her advice and have excellent results when sewing on ITY poly/lycra knits.

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Date: 10/9/13 9:50 AM

I switched to stretch as the ballpoint can sometimes skip and the sharps can make holes in knits.

ETA: Great video Doris! I gave it a thumbs up. Don't understand why anyone would give it a thumbs down...


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Date: 10/9/13 10:03 AM

I usually use stretch for anything with lycra and jersey for cottons etc (well jersey). Size is important too-finer knits use a finer needle like 9 and 11. Sometimes it is an experiment. Heavier jerseys might need a 14 or so.

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Date: 10/9/13 2:34 PM

Stretch is usually for something with elastane in it :)

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Date: 10/10/13 2:12 PM

I sew with ponte, interlock, jersey, ITY, fleece, tricot, and stretch lace knits. It is my favorite fabric to construct garments with. My needle of choice is a Schmetz Stretch 11/75. In September, I made an ITY knit top and by testing on some scraps, discovered that the Stretch needle would work well for this type of fabric. I find this to be the case almost all the time so it's the needle I test first. You have to "listen" to the needle as it passes through the fabric. It will "tell you" right away whether you made the right choice.

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Date: 10/10/13 3:54 PM

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I switched to stretch as the ballpoint can sometimes skip and the sharps can make holes in knits.



Me too.

I started with "ballpoint" and quickly found that "stretch" needles work so much better for the majority of knits that I've sewn (primarily ITY and ponte).

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Date: 10/10/13 6:22 PM

I read this as "needles for kilts" and was amazed at how specialized sewing tool have gotten.

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Date: 10/10/13 11:13 PM

Can somebody tell me what ITY means?? thanks!

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Date: 10/11/13 0:12 AM

http://www.emmaonesock.com/guides/ity.asp

From what I've seen it's generally poly/lycra but seems to "breathe" better than others.

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