Interlock & Jerserys
Popular fabric that lies flat, Spotlight's interlock fabrics are available by the metre in a variety of designs. Perfect for a variety of garments.
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The Basics You Must Know About Interlock And Jersey Fabrics
Crafters will encounter many fabrics on the road to their crafted masterpiece. At Spotlight, we stock all fabrics imaginable, from durable and breathable cotton to interlock and jersey fabrics. While cotton is known among most crafters, not everyone is familiar with interlock and jersey fabrics. If you wish to learn more about these fabrics and their applications.
Is there Really A Difference Between Interlock And Jersey Fabrics?
Interlock and jersey fabrics can look incredibly similar, so many crafters are using the terms interchangeably. However, there is a difference between both fabrics that crafters should be aware of, since they could influence the results obtained from a sewing project.
Both jersey and interlock are knit fabrics, so it is not a surprise that both fabrics are often confused. Jersey and interlock fabrics both have small vertical ribs, but the difference is more noticeable when the material is stretch. Upon stretching interlock fabric, you will notice that the front and the back are the same. When stretching jersey fabric, you will notice a perpendicular wavy pearl pattern on the front.
What Is A Knit Fabric?
A knit fabric contains of looped yarn that continuously runs through the material, making the fabric look like small rows of braids. With a woven fabric, you will notice multiple yarns crossing each other - this forms the grain of the fabric.
If you cannot tell the difference between knit and woven fabric by simply looking at it, there are some tests you can do to determine the type of fabric. For example, you can use the stretch test. When you stretch knit fabric, it will stretch considerably and easily snap back. You can also do the wrinkle test. When you crunch knit fabric, it will snap back easily and not contain any wrinkles. If you do the same with a jersey fabric, it will wrinkle a lot easier and not snap back fast. These are some of the easiest ways to tell the difference between jersey and interlock.
Does The Knit Type Influence The Fabrics Properties?
As is the case with most types of fabric, knit fabrics can be divided into various subtypes. Below, we will explain the various knit types available and how they influence the properties of the fabric.
One of the knit fabrics you can encounter is the double knit. As the name already suggests, the double knit is made with two yarns, causing fine ribs over the length of the fabric. The use of two yarns also adds a bit of weight to the fabric, which eliminates most of the stretch.
Since double knit fabric is heavier and provides good shape retention, it is commonly used for garments that require additional strength. It is a good choice for jackets, suits, and certain types of dresses. The next type of knit fabric we already mentioned, more specifically the interlock. Interlock knit is made with a single yarn yet maintains a two rib patterns. The material is easily recognised by the fine ribs running across the length of the fabric.
Interlock fabric is not that stretchable in length, but it does stretch across. While it is not as heavy as double knit, it still provides good durability and relatively good shape retention. It also provides the benefit of edges that do not curl. There are a lot of applications for interlock fabric - this includes t-shirts, skirts, dresses, and children's clothing. However, we do need to mention that crafters who want to use this interlock fabric should always look for dedicated interlock patterns - this due to its crosswise stretch properties.
Finally, we arrive at the jersey knit. The material contains fine ribs across its length, but also semi-circular loops on the back of the fabric. Jersey fabric provides properties quite similar to those of interlock fabric - this includes less stretch on the length and variable crosswise stretch.
Please note that there are more types of knit fabrics - this includes rib knit, purl knit, Milanese knit, Raschel and loads more. If you would like to explore all knit fabrics available at spotlight, be sure to check out our latest catalogue with fabrics. Also, do not forget to check out our cotton and other fabrics too!