April 29, 2023

Summer is just around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about what fabrics are suitable for the warmer weather. In this blog post, we'll be discussing one of my favorite fabrics, bamboo jersey, and sharing some tips for working with it.

Bamboo jersey is a type of fabric that's soft, lightweight, and breathable, making it perfect for summer clothing. However, it does have a bit of a learning curve, so here are some tips to help you work with it more effectively.

Note: These tips will also work with similar fabrics such as modal jersey, rayon jersey, and polyester jersey.

Use a Stretch Needle

Firstly, it's essential to use a stretch needle when working with bamboo jersey. Using a ballpoint or jersey needle may cause the needle to skip stitches on a high stretch fabric with spandex, like bamboo jersey.

Reduce Your Presser Foot Pressure

Secondly, even if you've already reduced your presser foot pressure to sew with more stable knit fabrics, you may need to reduce it even further for high-stretch fabrics like bamboo jersey.

Stabilize the Edge When You Start Sewing

Another common issue when sewing with bamboo jersey is that the fabric may be eaten by the machine when sewing it right at the edge. To prevent this from happening, start sewing further in from the edge, make a few stitches, then backstitch to anchor your stitches before going forward again - this will help to stabilize it.

If that method doesn't work, try using a long straight stitch when you start sewing, then switch over to a stretch stitch once you're further into the fabric.

Finally, you can stabilize the fabric by sticking a little tissue paper under the fabric at the edge and stitching through it along with the fabric. Once you've finished sewing, simply rip the tissue paper away, and you'll have a perfect seam.

Learn more about these techniques by clicking below to watch this YouTube video:

Overall, bamboo jersey is an excellent fabric for summer clothing, and with these simple tips, you'll be able to work with it like a pro and create beautiful garments using bamboo jersey or similar fabrics.

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