If you’re new to sewing you may have heard fabric being described as either “knit” or “woven.” What is the difference between those and how does it affect the way you sew it?
Simply put, knits are stretchy and wovens are not. Knit fabric also does not fray like wovens do, which is handy if you’re a little lazy when it comes to hemming, like I sometimes am!
To sew these fabrics, you want to make sure you are using the correct needle and stitch. Woven fabrics are generally sewn with a universal type needle and with a straight stitch on the sewing machine.
Knit fabrics require either a jersey/ballpoint needle or a stretch needle and are best sewn with a serger. Sergers both cut and finish the seams, allowing the fabric to stretch without popping any stitches.