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Date: 11/3/13 8:43 PM

What is the difference between double knit and the ponte roma that everyone's raving about? Then there's sofia knit too. Have a pattern calling for ponte roma but I'm confused what to get.

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Date: 11/4/13 1:02 AM

Double knit would be like the general term for any of the ponte roma, ponte, sofia, etc.
It depends on the store too. Joann's has ponte knit which is a 100 percent polyester. They also have ponte roma which is a poly-rayon blend. Vogue fabrics is the only place I have seen the sofia knits. They are a poly-rayon blend as well but I would say they are a little higher end than Joann's ponteroma.
Fabric.com has a ponte de roma that is similar to the other poly - rayon blends.
Fabric contents as follows for each store:
Fabric.com ponte de roma - 65 poly-30 rayon- 5 lycra
Joann's ponte roma = 58 poly-40 rayon-2 lycra
Vogue Fabrics sofia = 67 poly-30rayon-3 lycra
I would suggest getting a swatch of each and checking them. I have heard that sofia doesn't pill like the Joann's ponte roma but I haven't tested this out yet.
I hope that helps. Vogue has beautiful colors of their sofia.

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Date: 11/4/13 1:30 AM

Fabric.com carries Sophia which is from Logantex (MFG).

Sophia Stretch Double Knit

Be sure to wash on Delicate, inside out, and line dry. Even the Sophia, which is a higher quality than the Jo-Ann's, eventually pills. I believe it's the polyester in the fabric that causes this.

I checked out Vogue Fabrics "knits" and on pg. 2 and 3, they have a great selection of Sophia knit. Scroll to the bottom of the page for five colors and then click on pg. 3 for even more to choose from. Check it out here:

Vogue Fabrics Sophia

ETA: Additional source for Sophia Double Knit. Deleted Fabric.com sale notice.

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Date: 11/4/13 6:58 AM

Here is another thread on your question.

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Date: 11/4/13 7:24 AM

I just recently purchased some Ponte from Fabric Mart Fabrics that appears to be some of the best Ponte I have ever purchased. It is a poly/rayon/lycra that is $7.99 (their regular price). I had purchased 2 yards to make a pair of pants (and also to check out the quality). Before I had even washed it to get it needle ready, I returned to the computer and purchased an additional 8 yards of black and 4 yards of brown. I use a lot of black and I'm always on the lookout for really good quality ones. Ponte (the poly/rayon blend) is my favorite knit for pants - or for whatever, really. I do use special care with it. I wash on gentle, wrong side out, and dry on the hanger (no dryer - I think that is what causes most of the pilling). Like everything, you can get poor quality anywhere and being able to find a brand that is consistent is really nice. I've never purchased the Sophia, so I have no basis of comparison, but it has been my experience that I can get especially good ones at Fabric Mart Fabrics.

By the way - all Ponte is double knit, but all are not equal and in my estimation, the blends of poly/rayon/lycra are the best.

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Date: 11/4/13 8:52 AM

I have wondered about this too. Especially after ordering a "ponte de roma" from FabricMart (twice actually) - one I made B5926 from and the other I made M6844. Both were really nice and...I don't know..."thick"? Like a medium weight.

I bought some "ponte de roma" from Hancock in a creamy off white and it's much thinner and stretchier than either of the two I got from FM.

So now I know to be on the lockout for fabric composition and not just the name.

And thanks Ann - kind of like "all ponte is double knit but not all double knits are ponte"?

or as I like to remind my kids - "Chemistry isn't everything but everything is chemistry!!" :)

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Date: 11/4/13 9:02 AM

You are so right!

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Date: 11/4/13 1:41 PM

I discovered Sophia knit last winter and must say - I love it! It is easy to work with, looks/drapes beautifully and wears well!
I will definitely check out Fabric Mart. I have ordered from Vogue Fabrics and a shop close to my area has it, though never on sale (shop). I need to build a little stash of it when it is on sale on one of the websites!!

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Subject: ponte roma: The BEST! Date: 11/4/13 1:58 PM

Just jumping in to say DITTO! Ponte Roma from JoAnn's is hands down my favorite fabric to sew with. It not only drapes in a flattering way: it doesn't run, it doesn't curl, it doesn't pill, it washes and dries and wears forever, and travels well. I sure wish JoAnn's carried more colors of Ponte Roma (don't be fooled by Ponte Knit).

Hancock's has a version too. Not identical in content - it says 72%Polyester/24%Rayon/4%Spandex. To search for their solids, search (all one word) PONTEROMA. I don't live near their store, and last time I was in I didn't see the solids. But I did find some with knitted in patterns, and the feel and drape were similar. I have some of it in my stash, prewashed and ready to go.

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Date: 11/4/13 3:22 PM

The Ponte de Roma knit from Jo-Ann's that is 58% Polyester/40% Rayon/2% Spandex feels, looks and drapes really nice when you buy it, but it eventually pills. On the other hand, the "old style" Ponte that is 100% Polyester is the kind of fabric they use to make elastic waist pants out of. Nowadays, they make cheerleader and band uniforms out of it. I don't buy this type so I can't speak to the quality, but if it's like the kind they USE to make my Mom's pants out of, that stuff will hold up forever.

I did a comparison of some Ponte from Fabric.com, Ponte de Roma and Sophia that I've shared on a couple of Boards. Right now I just don't have the time to write about it again or find it. Trust me when I say the Sophia pills the least of the three. I haven't tried FM Ponte yet because of the Polyester content. It takes at least six washings for the "truth about pilling" to appear.

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