What a fun fabric! This furry fabric comes in a wide variety of textures and styles, from long to short pile, and can even include a bit of metallic in the yarns. While it is essentially a sweater knit, it has the appearance of a stylized faux fur. It's easy to sew, and easy care, and will add just the right punch of fun to your sewing projects.
Cold water wash, lay flat to dry. Do not iron, and do not use high heat near this fabric.
Use a stretch needle, size 75/11, for construction. Cotton covered polyester or all polyester thread is best for this fabric.
On a conventional machine, use a zigzag stitch (2.0length, 2.0 width) for construction. On a serger, a wide 3-thread overlock stitch is best. For hems, use a twin needle (stretch or jersey), or use a cover stitch. Seams can be finished with a serged stitch or with a wide zigzag.
Because the fabric will crush and possibly melt with the application of high heat, it is best to forego the use of fusibles for your eyelash project. Instead, use a sew in interfacing fabric such as mesh knit or tricot for the few areas that will require support.
Because the fabric is so highly textured, it is best to keep the patterns simple. Look for patterns that have the same lines as purchased sweaters; cardigans, turtle- or cowl-necks, shawls, ponchos, tees, and simple jackets work well with this fabric. Smaller pieces of eyelash knit can be used for terrific details such as collars, cuffs, and appliqués.
For a trendy, easy scarf, cut a piece of eyelash knit on the crossgrain, 18 inches wide. Fold in half lengthwise and stitch the long seam. Turn right side out; it is not necessary to finish the selvedge edges. This is truly a 10 minute project!
Treat your finished eyelash knit garments as you would treat a fine sweater. Keep a vacuum cleaner handy when cutting this fabric; it sheds. And after cutting your garment, wipe your scissor blades with a soft cloth to clean them.