Choosing fabric for garments created using sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Qi can be quite a task with so many selections available. Yet the wrong fabric could result in less than optimal results with the pattern, leaving sewists disappointed in their efforts. Therefore, it is important that the fabric and pattern work together. To ensure the best outcome for projects made on Juki sewing machines, consider the important tips below regarding fabric selection and make the right choice.
Many Fabric Types Available
There are many fabrics available that can be used to make a variety of garments; however, not all material will work for every project. Sewists have access to a myriad of options including multiple kinds of cotton (standard, voile, and lawn), knit, rayon, silk, satin, gauze, denim, linen, flannel, wool, and many others, offering great versatility for each project. How each fabric looks will vary when cut and assembled on sewing machines, is what makes it an important consideration when choosing fabric for each project.
Fabric Details that Affect Selection
When matching fabric to patterns, there are a number of details that affect how the fabric lays and if it can be used to make certain garments using a Juki TL2000Qi or other Juki sewing machines as follows:
- Weight - Weight is the density of the finished textile based on the type of fibers used and how they are combined and woven. Some fabrics come in multiple weights while others are only available in a standard weight. Weight affects bulkiness and lay, making some options unsuitable for certain patterns because they are either too heavy or too light.
- Construction - Textiles are produced using various construction techniques such as weaving, knitting, heat matting, and other methods. This affects the end product and how certain fabrics respond due to stretch, stiffness, and other properties. Many fabrics are made with a directional weave or nap that must be considered as it can affect the cut, lay, and final fit.
- Fiber Content - Some textiles are made with natural fibers, while others are made with synthetic strands. There are advantages and disadvantages with each; some may prefer one over the other. Fiber content can determine the type of care required and also how durable a fabric is for certain uses.
Check Pattern Suggestions
When seeking options for projects created with sewing machines, check the fabric suggestions on the back of the pattern sleeve, taking these many and important differences into consideration. While these are only guidelines and a variety of fabrics can be used with each pattern, the suggestions should offer an idea of what types of fabric will work best. Consider things like pleats, gathers, garment type, and how it is typically worn, the way the fabric should lay, and which fabrics are typically used for these garments. Patterns also indicate options that are not as suitable and should be avoided.
With so many types, styles, colors, and patterns available, it is no wonder that sewists may have a hard time choosing the best fabric for creating garments on Juki sewing machines. Carefully matching the fabric to the pattern is essential to ensure any garment made on a Juki TL2000Qi or other sewing machines looks and fits the way it should.
The most suitable options can be chosen with a bit of understanding regarding fabric production and the details that affect the outcome of a project. Never be afraid to experiment, just keep in mind the qualities that can help or hinder results!