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maidathome
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Date: 3/28/11 4:34 PM

I bought a piece of cotton modal knit from an ebay seller. It is a fine light weight knit but it is terribly off grain what do I do? I have never seen a knit this off grain. Any suggestions please

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Date: 3/28/11 4:51 PM

Have you washed it yet?

Often there is nothing you can do if a knit is off grain. If you try to straighten it, once it is washed it goes back to how it wants to be and you wind up with twisted clothes.

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Date: 3/28/11 5:01 PM

A few years ago I bought a length of really pretty rayon knit that was really off grain.I made a dress that just fit weird. I wore it for a while and then finally ditched it.
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Date: 3/28/11 5:09 PM

Cotton modal knit can be just wonderful to wear, but I'm sorry to say that any off grain knit isn't worth trying to make into a wearable garment. With a woven, you can sometimes pull a thread and force it back on grain. Don't throw that knit away, though. An off grain knit will work just fine as a knit muslin/test garment.

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Date: 3/28/11 5:45 PM

You can use it for a simple quickie summer nightie. Serger project. Sorry about that!

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Date: 3/28/11 6:24 PM

I bought some inexpensive knit modal sheets a while back, and they are off-grain too - it drives me insane, putting a pillow in the pillowcase is like a MC Escher exercise, and there is NO HOPE of getting the flat sheet to lay right. Sorry, that stinks that the ebay seller did you wrong.
The most useful thing I can think to do with it is to make braided trim or straps for a tank top/dress, or some other use as trim on knit. Or you could make one of those "infinity" scarves, depending on how much you have.

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Date: 3/28/11 6:27 PM

I'd request a refund. Just as a camera that won't work or a dress that is torn, your merchandise is defective. Off-grain fabric (esp. knit) is NEVER worth the effort to try to work with, imo. It will never be right.

That stinks...

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Date: 3/28/11 6:50 PM

Don't try to line up the edges. Fold the fabric so the area you are cutting is on grain.

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