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From: Holly Berry
Date: 11-11-2004, 09:50 AM (1 of 4)
Can I use a fabric with a slight stretch with a pattern that doesn't call for stretch fabric? I know you can't do the opposite.
Holly Berry
User: Holly Berry
Member since: 09-10-2003
Total posts: 77
From: cam's gram
Date: 11-11-2004, 10:42 AM (2 of 4)
Holly, I've used stretch fabric in place of woven several times. You will want to be sure your pattern doesn't call for lots of small pieces as you will need to be very careful in handling the fabric during construction so you don't stretch it out of shape (lots of stay-stitching!). The only problem I've ever had was buttonholes, which I suspect was because I didn't use extra interfacing underneath each one so they stretched out of shape. I also wouldn't try it with a pattern that's cut on the bias. Good luck with your project.
User: cam's gram
Member since: 10-20-2004
Total posts: 22
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 11-11-2004, 11:57 AM (3 of 4)
My machine makes a beautiful , easy buttonhole for knits.. It is wonderful and easy to do. (one step).. I have a Janome MC 4000... I love that buttonhole...
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: DorothyL
Date: 11-11-2004, 05:37 PM (4 of 4)
I've used stretch fabric with patterns not made for stretch and never had a problem. I wouldn't do it with a real light or super stretchy fabric but otherwise, like cams gram, I had no problems.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
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