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Knit Fabric Descriptions

ITY Knit (95% Polyester/5% Lycra) Stands for Interlock Twisted Yarn. Silky, slippery hand. Semi-opaque, lightweight with springy stretch. Stretches selvage to selvage. Use care when sewing. Suitable for blouses, dresses, skirts, and scarves .

 

Rayon Spandex (95% Rayon/5% Spandex) A light to medium weight stretchy jersey knit fabric usually made up of 95% Rayon 5% Spandex. Fabric drapes nicely and has a great recovery making it good for use in tops and dresses.

 

Ponte Knit (Polyester/Lycra) This opaque, slightly thicker, sturdy double-knit construction has a fine crosswise rib texture. Stretches selvage to selvage. Easy to sew. Used for pants, tops, dresses, and skirts.

 

Burnout Jersey Knit (Polyester/Cotton/Lycra) Similar to Cotton/Lycra Jersey. This soft fabric has semi-sheer areas that were "burn-out" of the fabric during the manufacturing process. Has selvage to selvage stretch. Suitable for T-shirts, tops, dresses, and scarves.

 

Scuba Knit (Polyester Lycra) Scuba Knits have a great stretch and recovery: similar to ponte knit, but with more drape. Slick surface like a scuba outfit. Easy to sew. Suitable for dresses, leggings, dkirts, and active/dance-wear (if 4 way stretch).

 

Sweater Knit Fabrics: Sweaterknits can range from French Terry to Hacci

               French Terry Knit (Cotton/Rayon/Lycra) This semi-opaue sweatshirt staple has soft looped reverse for added warmth. Easy to sew. Suitable for sweatshirts, sweat pants, sweatbands, tops, and dresses.

               Hacci: Sweater knits, also known as Hacci, have a more loopy, open-knit texture than regular cotton knits and are usually made of blends of cotton and wool, polyester, or spandex. They are wrinkle resistant. Hacci sweater knit feels very soft, like sweater material, but it’s generally a little lighter in weight than most sweaters you’d buy at the store (and it’s not like a cable knit, or a sweater someone would actually knit for you). It’s soft and stretchy and sews up just like normal knits. I think it’s best suited for sweaters that are a little slouchy or oversized. Be sure to check the weight and remember that if it says 10 or 12oz it’s going to feel quite lightweight for a sweater.

 

Swimwear Knit (Nylon/Lycra) This semi-opaque knit can come in a variety of weights. Some require lining. Some contain chlorine resistant and anti-fade finishes. Has 4 way stretch. Use extra care when sewing. Suitable for swimwear and active wear.

 

Stretch Lace (Nylon/Lycra) Lightweight, sheer,mesh-like quality. Most have slippery hand. Needs to be stabilized when sewn. Use extra care when sewing. Suitable for blouses, intimates, and evening-wear.

 

Jersey Knit (Cotton/Lycra) This semi-opaque knit has a soft hand. Edges curl up to the right side when cut. Selvage to selvage stretch, sometimes can have 4 way stretch. Can also come in as sheer weight called "tissue" weight. Use care when sewing. Suitable for T-shirts, tops, dresses, and scarves.

 

Jersey Knit (Rayon/Lycra) This this semi-opaque jersey has fluid drape, slight sheen, and sometimes has small slabs. Edges curl up on right side when cut. Selvage to selvage stretch, sometimes can have 4 way stretch. Use care when sewing. Suitable for T-shirts, tops, dresses, and scarves.

 

100% Cotton Rib Jersey Knit (100% Cotton) This semi-opaque knit has soft hand. Has mechanical selvage to selvage stretch, not as much stretch as knit with lycra. Use care when sewing. Suitable for T-shirts, tops, dresses, and scarves.

 

Mesh Knit (Nylon/Lycra) This light weight sheer knit has semi-crisp hand and nice drape. Has selvage to selvage stretch. Has a look of netting, but stretches and bounces back. Suitable for blouses, lingerie, dresses, tops, tunics, scarves, and shawls.

 

Jacquard Double Knit (Polyester Lycra) Jacquard knit structure creates texture and designs. Double the thickness of standard jersey knit. Very sturdy, balanced fabric. Stretches selvage to selvage. Can be composed of other fibers. Easy to sew. Suitable for dresses, structured tops, and skirts.

 

Double Knit (100% Polyester) Double in thickness of a standard jersey knit. Opaque, very sturdy, balanced fabric. Can be composed of other fibers. Easy to sew. Suitable for dresses, structured tops, and skirts.

 

Liverpool Knit/ Poly Fukuro Knit: (94% Polyester, 6%Spandex) Soft to the touch with a nice stretch. Face of fabric has texture to it while the back has a smooth finish. Fukuro Knit is opaque/non-sheer and light to medium weight. This fabric is great for tops, skirts, dresses, home decor, etc.

 

Sateen Fabric: A fabric made from yarns with low luster, such as cotton or other staple length fibers. The fabric has a soft, smooth hand and a gentle, subtle luster. Sateen fabrics are often used for draperies and upholstery.

 

(Descriptions from knit fabric sample swatch/description at fabricmartfabrics.com, www.itsalwaysautumn.com, www.fabric.com www.nouvellefabrics.com, and www.girlcharlee.com)