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Date: 10/14/12 9:55 AM

I'm confused. Is there a difference between slinky knits and knits with 4-way stretch?

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Date: 10/14/12 10:15 AM

I may be wrong but there are numerous types of knits that are 4 way stretch. Slinky is the kind I think of that you can wrinkle up in a suitcase for a week, pull it out and wear it proudly!

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Date: 10/14/12 4:43 PM

The fabric content is the difference, though i don't off hand remember the exact fiber content, and the slinky that I've had don't stretch in both length and width. They also have a very heavy drape and are best for patterns without a lot of details .

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Date: 10/14/12 8:27 PM

Hi,

The Slinky Knit I'm familiar with and have used a lot is an acetate/lycra 4-way knit, is VERY stretchy, is relatively heavy for a knit, and may be jammed into the corner of a suitcase and come out looking ready to wear. I add clear elastic to the shoulder seams when using it to stabilize the seams. A walking foot and Stretch needles help with this squirrelly fabric.

Other 4-way stretch knits may be made from a variety of contents, including cotton lycra, wool lycra, nylon lycra, polyester lycra.

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Date: 10/14/12 11:09 PM

Different knits can have 4-way stretch.

One type of knit that has 4-way stretch is a slinky. The content of original slinky is acetate or triacetate and lycra, but some are now made with polyester/lycra.

Very form-fitting.

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Date: 10/15/12 1:19 AM

I've never heard "slinky" knits defined by their fiber content, just by their draping and movement characteristics. I have some slinky tops and sweaters, they literally bounce up and down. Most are wool, some have rayon.

It's really a result of their yarn and knit structures.

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Date: 10/15/12 8:49 AM

Hm...well... I was planning on making Silhouette Patterns Sweater Set. But I have a tummy, so when I wrap the knit around me I can't really find a spot that I like. So I'm not sure that this knit and pattern will work well together anymore.

Thanks for the education, everyone! Terminology is something I'm a stickler about and it's been hard with sewing because there are sometimes several terms for the same actions/things.

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