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Date: 3/29/13 11:17 AM

So I have bought some knits from FabricMart and from FashionFabrics club. But most faded pretty easy and pilled so they didnt last very long....I was wondering what is a GOOD type of knit.... that I can use for work (buisness casual) and home......Is there a material composition that I am looking for?

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Date: 3/29/13 11:26 AM

I've generally had good luck with FabricMart (sorry you haven't) but for reliable, gorgeous quality knits --

Christine Jonson

Emma One Sock

Sawyer Brook

Gorgeous Fabrics

Apple Annies also has lovely knits and Marcy Tilton. None of these fall into the inexpensive category but are fairly priced for the quality. Happy shopping.

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Date: 3/29/13 12:08 PM

What Patti said. After a few orders, you learn who is reliable, and these sources are pretty much dead-on.

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Date: 3/29/13 12:32 PM

What Patty and Elona said (though I didn't know about Apple Annie's. And I didn't need to ). I have found Emmaonesock's seem to keep getting higher in price and I found several of her print rayon lycra knits for around $3/yd on a trip to San Francisco, also used to find some of Christine Jonson's for half the price at a local store that's unfortunately (but not surprisingly) phased out garment fabrics. I have found ity type knits at Joann's wash and wear well, but I don't know if it's the poly they use vs. some of these other sources, they just seem to have some...odor... that no one seems to smell but me, but I detect it after a long day of wearing or if there is any perspiration.

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Date: 3/29/13 1:56 PM

In addition to a reputable vendor (all of those noted are very reputable vendors) you need to look at fabric content and construction. A rayon knit is more likely to pill and fade than a poly ITY knit. Some RPL's pill, even the ones that cost $$$ and come from the best vendors.

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Date: 3/29/13 7:37 PM

Are you looking for knits for tops, bottoms, or both. What kind of fabric have you bought before -- a poly/lycra ITY knit, a rayon/lycra jersey, a cotton knit, a cotton lycra knit. Do you intend to wash your knits by machine, hand wash or send them to the dry cleaners? How much are you willing to pay per yard and for shipping? Do you want solids or prints? How long have you been sewing and what is your sewing level?

If you're looking for an easy care, reasonably priced, easy to sew, indestructible but attractive knit fabric for tops I highly recommend a poly/lycra ITY knit. Nancy's Notions sells the Brazil Knit fabrics in ten solid colors. They're easy to sew and last almost forever. I'm wearing a top I made from the Brazil Knit last year and it still looks new.

Here's the free shipping code that expires on 5/15/13, can be used multiple times with no minimum purchase required. Code: 132104-1199. By the way, you can purchase 1/8 yard samples to check the color. Hope this helps.

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Date: 3/30/13 12:06 PM

How are you washing your knits?

I use a gentle cycle and just damp dry in the dryer then hang to dry. Some just skip the dryer.

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Date: 3/30/13 1:29 PM

Try Girl Charlee Fabrics, they have great customer service and will send you a 4x4 inch swatch of whatever you want as long as they have 15yds on the bolt. the website is http://www.girlcharlee.com/

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Date: 3/30/13 1:55 PM

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I'm wearing a top I made from the Brazil Knit last year and it still looks new.




Nancy2001 - i how is wearing the Brazil knit during the heat and humidity of summer? And... Is that a heavy fabric like slinky? I've looked at those on her site but am hesitant.
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Date: 3/30/13 2:04 PM

BurdaStyle Tips For Online Fabric Shopping Scroll down to the bottom of the article for what they feel is the strong point of each recommended online fabric shop.

Sometimes you need a less expensive knit fabric to make a test garment of a new pattern or fit. If you are lucky, the test garment turns out well enough that you can wear it, even though it will not be of the quality you desire. Be sure your test fabric has the same amount of stretch as your quality fabric.

Best Guide Ever --Emma One Sock Sewing Guide lists the fabrics and then tells you everything you need to know about that fabric, including what type of garments you want to make with that fabric.

Peggy Sagers on Silhouette Patterns is beginning to add notations to her fabrics: recommended for (her specific pattern numbers). It is quality fabric that she likes to sew for her own wardrobe.


Thank you for the link to Nancy's Notions. I was amazed at the good prices and the selection. I always thought they would be too expensive or only for career wear. The fabric page for Nancy's Notions -Knits has a concise explanation of which garments are best to make from that type of knit.
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