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janis22
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Date: 3/24/14 6:16 PM

I will be shopping at Joann's. Is there any knit that would be good for a beginner that could be found at Joann's? Also online store fabric suggestions would be helpful. I have trouble with learning curve on necklines on knit fabrics and need suggestions for fabrics that would be kind to a beginner

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Date: 3/24/14 8:13 PM

I'm not sure exactly what you'll find at JoAnn's (we don't have them), but what you want is a stable knit. That means one that you can stretch and it'll spring right back into place. Look for a jersey that isn't too drapey, and check the stretch guide on the back of the pattern.

Think the kind of fabric long-sleeved t shirts are normally made from (cotton with a bit of spandex), and avoid anything ribbed because that'll stretch too much.

Edited to add: there's more info on Sewaholic: http://sewaholic.net/whats-a-stable-knit-fabric/
-- Edited on 3/24/14 8:18 PM --

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Date: 3/25/14 7:28 PM

Joann's interlock (cotton/poly blend) is good to learn on. It isn't the sort of knit that will fight you if you're using a regular sewing machine and not a serger. I haven't made a Renfrew, but I have successfully used that fabric for long-sleeved T-shirts.

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Date: 3/27/14 11:26 AM

Oh, I had terrible experience with Joann's interlock. It stretched and stretched, the resultant t-shirt ended up being about 12 inches too wide (no kidding) and about 5 inches too short. It was crazy. I cried.

This was many years ago, but I haven't dared touch that stuff again - maybe it's changed since my attempt. For t-shirts, I'd go for a cotton-lycra jersey (not interlock).

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Date: 3/28/14 3:01 PM

That's a bummer. I don't remember that happening to any of my shirts, but it's been awhile.

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Date: 4/12/14 7:59 AM

GirlCharlee.com has a good selection of knits and free samples. Fabric.com is useful, too, because it's cheap and they tell you weight, stretch direction, and % (which not all places do.) StylishFabrics.com has a huge variety of knits but I've never ordered from them. They do have a ton of reviews on their Etsy shop under the same name, though.

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