Tips for Using Jersey Knit Fabric
By Valori Wells
ALWAYS wash jersey knit before sewing.
ALWAYS use a ball point needle (70 or 80) and sharp pins.
Pin seams before sewing.
Use polyester thread - there is less change of the seam popping when the garment is worn.
Lengthen your stitch from 2.5 to 3, or 14 stitches to the inch, OR use the narrowest zig-zag stitch that your machine will do (.5). This will keep the seams from ripping when trying on, and help with wavy seams.
When hemming, only turn your edge up once, and hem with a longer stitch.
For a crisp hem, cut a piece of fusible knit interfacing twice as wide as the hem allowance,
ALWAYS follow the pattern instructions when cutting,
(Jersey Knit Fabrics by Valori Wells from FreeSpirit are 58"-60 wide and 96% Cotton 4% Spandex.)