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New Stretch Woven Fabrics

Stretch-Denim-Fabric-Nevada-Ink-NavyStretch-Denim-Fabric-Nevada-NavyKnitwit Jacquard Stretch Woven Impulse Black White GreyWe have added to our Stretch Woven category – three new stretch denims and two new stretch jacquards.

Stretch woven fabrics are ideal for jeans, skirts and jackets.

Jeans made of stretch denim for example, look like regular jeans, but provide more flexibility and comfort.

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Kwik Sew Children’s Patterns

Kwik-Sew-Toddlers-Pattern-3510Kwik-Sew-Toddlers-Pattern-3150Kwik-Sew-Childrens-Pattern-3773We have chosen 3 current Kwik Sew patterns for toddlers and children. Ideal knit fabrics are Knitwit Fuzzbuster Fleece for something warm and cosy or Knitwit Rugby Knit for general all round children’s garments. You can see these fabrics in our Plain Fabrics category.

Another option is the Kwik Sew Sewing for Toddlers book which includes a master pattern to create entire wardrobes for girls and boys aged 1-4 –  T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jumpsuits, dresses, skirts and over 40 variations.

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Fabrics with 50% Stretch

 A customer emailed: “I’m new to stretch sewing so unsure of the type of fabric I should be looking for. My pattern calls for a knit with 50% stretch”.

One of the attractions of sewing with knit fabrics is that you can be flexible in matching fabric and pattern.

For example, a pattern may be designed for low stretch knits. You can actually use the pattern with medium and even high stretch knits – all it means is that you may need to try on the garment before hemming, and run it in if it’s a bit loose. We do this all the time.

We even use patterns that Kwik Sew says are designed for woven fabrics. We use low stretch knit fabrics like our Knitwit Ponti and Knitwit Monaco for example.

And at the other end of the scale, where a pattern is sized for a high (50%) stretch fabric, we frequently use medium or even low stretch fabrics – we simply cut out a size bigger than normal, and run the garment in if necessary.

But getting back to the question, type “50%” into the search box above.

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What are Dry Handle Knits?

 A customer asked: “I see the description ‘dry handle’ in some of your fabrics and wonder what it means”.

A dry handle knit handles differently from a normal polyester knit.

A dry handle knit has a very fine surface texture; a normal polyester knit is smoother and softer. This means that the dry handle knit often feels less “synthetic” and more comfortable against the skin. If you were to handle the two fabrics at the same time, the difference would be immediately obvious, and for want of a better way to describe the difference, you would probably come to the conclusion that the one has a drier handle.

Care of dry handle knits is exactly the same as for any polyester knit – both are very easy care, virtually uncrushable – and the use of the word dry has nothing whatsoever to do with dry cleaning.

PS If you want to see what dry handle knits we have in stock from time to time, use our search box and search for “dry handle” in quotation marks. (If you don’t use the quotation marks, you are in fact searching for anything with the word dry OR anything with the word handle in it).