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neckband problem
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Date: 4/20/14 11:56 PM

everything was going great, until the neckband. I fused knit interfacing I had on hand to the band. The band is no longer stretchy and is just too short. Luckily I had enough fabric left over to cut another band. Now I'm at a loss over the interfacing.
Could you advise me what kind of interfacing to buy? Thanks in advance. I would really like to master this pattern.
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Date: 4/21/14 0:07 AM

I use a fusible tricot interfacing for knits, but pre-shrink it with a quick soak in a sink of hot water before fusing. Yes, I've had the same problem and pre-shrinking fixed it.

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Date: 4/21/14 0:19 AM

Thanks Cathy! When cutting the interfacing, does it matter it the stretch is lengthwise or crossways?
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Date: 4/21/14 12:23 PM

Yes it does. Cut the interfacing with the stretch going the same way as on the fabric- or make sure the direction of the stretch will match the direction of the greatest stretch in the fabric.

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Date: 4/21/14 4:51 PM

This is the interfacing I use for knits. It requires no pre-shrinking. It's really great stuff.

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Date: 4/21/14 6:55 PM

A lot of the time, when the fabric has enough body, I don't use interfacing on knits. Especially on parts that need to stretch.

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Date: 4/21/14 7:36 PM

I've not ever used interfacing on a knit band. It folds over itself and does fine. Is this a broad binding that needs more support?

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Date: 4/22/14 8:38 AM

It's a cardigan pattern. The neckband goes around the neck down to the bottom of the sweater front on both sides. You make buttonholes on one side.. I got some fusible knit interfacing at Joanns yesterday The stretch on the interfacing is crossways, very little stretch lengthwise. The problem there is the width is too short to cut the pattern piece. I would have to piece it. I still wonder if it would retain the stretch once it is fused. II'll experiment today with some leftover knit from another project to see how it will go. The fabric does have enough body. The sleeve and bottom bands are fine without interfacing. It bugs me that the pattern calls for it for some reason and I'd like to know how they did it. First I'm going to try buttonholes in some leftover knit with and without interfacing., different needles and tissue paper under the fabric etc. This is such a nice pattern and I'd like to make more if only I can solve this dilemma.
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In reply to PattyE

Date: 4/22/14 8:51 AM

Thanks, I ordered some right now. I might put this project away until it comes.
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