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Posted on: 1/24/03 4:26 PM
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When trying to straighten the grain on a knit, such as an interlock, fold fabric with selvages together, and then around where the fold line is, find one rib (they can be tiny, so I use a long clear ruler). Try your best to follow this rib the length of the ruler, and mark with chalk down the side of the ruler. I unfold the fabric and lay it out flat to do this. Easier to see the rib and follow it through to the end. When you fold it back on the chalk line, make sure that the ribs look lke they run straight across, not folding and twisting underneath.
Do this all the way down the length, and you will have as straight of a grain as you can get. Now does anyone have any tips on getting these knits to not stick together so much?

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SouthernStitch said...
Thanks for your tip! I have taken scotch tape and taped the edges, for the peice as a whole. As for each peice after it is cut - well I have heard to tape those edges as well, but with narrower tape. Sure seems time consuming. Maybe a liquid stabilizer squirted on the edges immediately after cutting?
1/27/03 4:52 PM
LeAnn said...
Sometimes I put tissue paper between the layers of fabric so it won't stick. Any suggestions on edges that roll?
1/27/03 2:08 PM
Everyday Sewist said...
It's funny, I have worked mostly with knits. I always find that rib, follow it with my ruler... but it never occured to me to mark it!! This tip is going to help me a lot. :)
1/26/03 2:40 PM
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