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Can I cut fabric on bias instead of sewing with stretch fabric?

Can I cut fabric on bias instead of sewing with stretch fabric?

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    the_professors_assistant
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    Dear Professor Pincushion,

    I have a pattern that I bought without realising that it required stretch fabric. Can I cut my fabric on the bias instead of using stretch fabric. I also don’t have an overlocker, so prefer to sew with non-stretch fabrics. I’ve noticed that some cottons can be very stretchy when pulled diagonally.

    Thanks so much for your help,

    Monika

    #29081
    the_professors_assistant
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    You may be able to get away with it on some patterns. I know some patterns have a diagram on the back of the pattern telling you how much it should stretch. For example, maybe a 4″ strip should be able to stretch to 7″. By doing this test, it’s the only way to know for sure on a particular pattern. If you’re willing to maybe try knit again, I would suggest going with an interlock knit. This knit is usually thicker than other knits, it doesn’t roll, and I find it pretty easy to work with. I sew it on my machine with a zig zag stitch and it always seems to go well for me. Good luck!

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