by Shannon Gifford
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Doubleknit Rayon Blend
If youíre a knit-lover, and are looking for an easy care fabric, look no further. This fabric is comfortable, requires little fuss, and looks rich and elegant. Itís easy to sew, too!
Machine wash, cold water, lay flat to dry. No bleach.
Needles and Thread:
Use jersey or stretch machine needles, size 75, for most construction. For hems, choose a stretch twin needle, size 4.0/75 or 2.5./75 Cotton covered polyester or all polyester thread is the best choice for construction. Rayon or cotton embroidery thread can be used for embellishment.
Seams, Seam Finishes, and Hems:
For a conventional machine, use a 2.5 length, 1.5 width zigzag stitch for construction. For a serger, a 3-thread balanced stitch is a good choice. Seams do not require finishes, as the fabric does not ravel. For hems, use a stretch twin needle or a coverstitch hem, or use the same zigzag stitch used in construction for a top-stitched hem. Double-fold narrow hems are not recommended.
For areas that require interfacing, choose the lightest weight possible fusible knit interfacing. I like So-Sheer or Touch of Gold. Be sure to cut the interfacing so the stretch matches the stretch of the fabric.
Tees, tanks, polo shirts, cardigan, unstructured jacket, dresses, loose-fitting pants, capes, ponchos, tunics, and skirts.
This fabric can be machine embroidered if you choose a small, not-too-dense design. Experiment with a scrap for best results. Placement is key to the success of this creative change; position your embroidery where the garment will receive minimal stretch during wear. A good position would be near the shoulder or close to the hem. Tone-on-tone designs would be elegant in this luscious knit!
Use a gentle touch with the iron, and a medium heat setting. A press cloth will protect your fabric while pressing seams in this fabric.