L. CZACHOR, SHARON
With hundreds of step-by-step photos and instructions and a user-friendly format, Sewing with Knits and Stretch Fabrics provides emerging fashion designers with comprehensive information on how to design and stitch garments made with popular knits and stretch fabrics such as jersey and spandex. Czachor explains the basics of stretch fabrics, how the stretch ratio impacts the design and how to correctly identify the type of knit. Students will learn about the correct needles and thread for various stitches and techniques using a sewing machine, overlock (serger) machine or a coverstitch machine, plus essentials of sizing and fitting knits and preparing fabric for sewing. The text progresses to concise instructions for knit garment contruction, including coverage of details such as collars, facings, closures, bands and hems, waistline finishes, and pockets within respective chapters on t-shirts, tops and sweaters, dresses, skirts and pants, jackets, activewear, swimwear, and linger. The final chapter covers specialty techniques such as finishing details, embellishments, felting and fabric manipulation.