What kind of thread should I use for knit fabrics?

What thread is best for knits?

If you own a serger then this is the ideal way to sew with knits. A 3-Thread or 4-Thread stitch will secure a seam and still provide good stretch. You can use regular serger thread, wooly nylon thread, or (my favorite) stretch thread. If you own a serger then whipping up t-shirts, skirts, and leggings are a breeze.

What kind of thread do you use for stretchy fabric?

All-purpose polyester thread will work fine as it has some give when stretched. Cotton thread is not recommended. If the item you’re making needs to be stretchy or form-fitting to the body, you may want to use elastic thread. Only use elastic thread in the bobbin of your sewing machine, and wind it by hand.

Can you use all-purpose thread for knits?

The best threads to sew knits without a serger. All-purpose polyester thread is a great choice for most knit garments because it has a tiny bit of stretch to it.

What kind of thread do you use for jersey knit?

The size of the needle depends on the type of jersey, a size 75/11 and 80/12 for light to medium weight knits and 90/14 for heavier fabrics. No special thread is needed, normal polyester thread works absolutely fine on knit fabrics.

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What thread is used for Lycra?

100% polyester thread usually works better than a cotton thread for spandex fabrics as it is less likely to break or rot with sweat or chlorine. (Read: Types of Sewing Threads) I use Rasant brand but Coat also makes a good strengthened thread.

How do you keep knit fabric from curling?

To prevent knits from curling you add purl stitches to the right side. And, if you add purl stitches to the right side, they will, of course, be knit stitches at the wrong side. As mentioned earlier, the purl stitches as a lower tension than the knit stitches.

Can you use straight stitch on stretch fabric?

Use stitches that will hold the stretch of the fabric – the stitches need to stretch with the fabric, so they don’t pucker and break. If you must sew with a straight stitch, then hold the material taut, but don’t pull it.