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sameena1
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Date: 7/27/06 8:56 PM

Can I prewash ribknit?I read some where that if we prewash rib knit it will become difficult to manage while sewing so we must wash after sewing it.Should I pewash it or not?

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Sameena.

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Date: 7/27/06 9:54 PM

Definitely prewash!! I've never had any rib knit come out "misbehaving". HTH!

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Date: 7/27/06 10:48 PM

If you are using it as the main fabric of a garment then yes, definitely preshrink. If you are using it as a neckline finish or say as a waistband on a sweathshirt or sweatpants then no. The bit of shrinkage is a good thing.

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Date: 7/27/06 10:57 PM

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If you are using it as a neckline finish or say as a waistband on a sweathshirt or sweatpants then no. The bit of shrinkage is a good thing.

Unless your rib knit has lycra in it. I've had better results prewashing ribbing made from lycra rib.

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Date: 7/28/06 3:46 AM

Some of the confusion may come from the fact that Christine Jonson--the knit pattern goddess - is emphatic about NOT pre-shrinking before sewing when using her patterns. She designs specifically for knits with Spandex/Lycra/Elastane--call it what you will -- that people LOVE. (there are lots of reviews here on PR, & this "shrink or don't shrink" question comes up from time to time) She says that the pressing process will do the shrinking you want and you can control the "shape" the garment shrinks to more permanently that way. Even with her patterns, reviewers have said they used pre-shrunken knits and seem to have done so without problems.

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Date: 7/28/06 3:54 AM

>>Unless your rib knit has lycra in it. I've had better results prewashing ribbing made from lycra rib.<<

Interesting. I've never found the lycra made any difference.

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Date: 7/29/06 11:11 AM

Does anyone know where to purchase the tubular rib knit that is approximately 12" or so wide? I have a stash from the late 90's but now cannot find this anywhere. This was SO great for necklines and cuffs, etc. JoAnn's here in my little town says they don't carry this any longer. HELP!

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Date: 7/29/06 11:57 AM

12" wide would have been from a custom manufacturer's order. If it was sold at a retail store, it would have been a close-out.

Ribknits are usually produced in stock widths of 54 or 60 inch. You can sometimes find smaller widths, these are usually called 'body-width' size. They are made for manufacturers who make garments with no side seams.

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Date: 7/29/06 6:56 PM

Actually, I think sewbaby.com has this. It's tubular, so it's actually about 24" wide (it's about 12 while in the tube, so to speak). I ordered some a few years ago to use for rib knits and collars and thought it was wonderful quality. It's sold by the inch.

I've also seen some at Hancocks and at Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC. Mary Jo's Cloth store has a web site, no pix, but you can email requests and they reply promptly. If they have what you want they'll do mail order.

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Date: 7/29/06 8:21 PM

Spandex house is probably worth a look, too. I don't have it bookmarked because I can never view their graphics for some reason, but if you search the boards (or just google Spandex House) you should find it.

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Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage

St. Augustine

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