SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Patterns and Notions > Needles for knits ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Needles for knits
What's the difference?
halleyscomet
starstarstar
halleyscomet  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Pennsylvania USA
Member since 3/27/07
Posts: 1595
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



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?

Doris W. in TN
star
Doris W. in TN  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Member since 2/9/04
Posts: 8025
Send Message

      



In reply to halleyscomet <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


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.

------
iPad's auto-correct is my enema.

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7575
Send Message

      



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...


-- Edited on 10/9/13 9:55 AM --

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

Marie367
Marie367  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Ohio USA
Member since 5/28/11
Posts: 2574
Send Message

      



In reply to halleyscomet <<


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.

snuzal
star
snuzal
Intermediate
International NEW ZEALAND
Member since 7/7/07
Posts: 749
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 10/9/13 2:34 PM

Stretch is usually for something with elastane in it :)

------
Check my blog :)
http://snuzalsews.blogspot.com/

Juki Exceed F600, Babylock Imagine, Janome 300E.

Judy Kski
star
Judy Kski  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Florida USA
Member since 10/26/08
Posts: 1583
Send Message

      



In reply to halleyscomet <<
thumbsup 3 members like this.


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.

-- Edited on 10/10/13 7:46 PM --

------
Judy

MrsCharisma
starstarstarstar
MrsCharisma  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Minnesota USA
Member since 2/1/13
Posts: 3368
Send Message

      



In reply to PattiAnnJ <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 10/10/13 3:54 PM

Quote: PattiAnnJ
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).

------
Nakisha
www.sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com
Singer Talent 3321 | Brother 1034D

My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

BriarRose
BriarRose
Intermediate
USA
Member since 10/30/10
Posts: 1122
Send Message

      
thumbsup 4 members like this.



Date: 10/10/13 6:22 PM

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

------
I've quit fighting my inner demons. We're on the same side now.

It's just fabric; we can out-think it.

nestle
nestle  Friend of PR
Intermediate
California USA
Member since 6/30/11
Posts: 66
Send Message

      



Date: 10/10/13 11:13 PM

Can somebody tell me what ITY means?? thanks!

MrsCharisma
starstarstarstar
MrsCharisma  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Minnesota USA
Member since 2/1/13
Posts: 3368
Send Message

      



In reply to nestle <<


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.

------
Nakisha
www.sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com
Singer Talent 3321 | Brother 1034D

My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Patterns and Notions >> Needles for knits

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Reconstructing History
Web site

Nature's Fabrics


Natural & Organic Fabrics
Deals!

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Style Arc sewing dress patterns


Patterns That Fit
Web site

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket

Class Details

Online Class
Beginners Guide to Sewing Jackets
Beginners Guide to Sewing Jackets

Class Details

No Pattern Used Rhonda Buss Design

photo
by: Mahogany S...

Review
Neue Mode 23296

photo
by: HRigg

Review
Jamie Christina Abbey Coat Pattern (JC314AC)

Jamie Christina Abbey Coat Pattern (JC314AC)

More Info
Sewing Workshop L2 Bag Pattern

Sewing Workshop L2 Bag Pattern

More Info

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.