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Ribbing, tubular ribbing and rib knit fabrics come in several different weights, colours, and widths and are perfect for creating comfortable tops, cardigans, comfy loungewear, ribbing for cuffs and neck bands, and much more.

Here at Spotlight, you can find ribbing in many stylish and contemporary colours to match any style of outfit, and for a variety of different uses.

Plain colours and a delicate ribbed marble are available in this range of knitted fabrics, all available by the metre.

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Can I purchase ribbings at Spotlight?

Yes, in this range you will find ribbed fabrics, which are popular with many dressmakers for making tops, dresses, gym wear, leisure wear or accessories and also to finish off certain types of garments (think of ribbed cuffs, collars, waistbands and more). Find ribbing here by the metre, or opt for some pre-cut ribbing if you only need a small piece.

What is ribbing?

Ribbing, also sometimes known as tubular knit, is a knitted, quite stretchy fabric that will allow you to gather things such as sleeves into a cuff, or can finish off necklines and armholes on garments. It is also sometimes used to make tops, miniskirts and dresses. Because of the way it is made, it has quite a lot of stretch in it, which means you can make it easier to pull a top on over the head or get a nice waistline on a dress, without the need for zips or other closures.

What types of ribbing are available at Spotlight?

Here at Spotlight, you can find both pre-cut and by the metre ribbing in a variety of colours to match many fabrics. There is also a pretty marble ribbed knit fabric that will lend itself to making T-shirts, sleepwear, leisurewear and more. Please check individual products for details of width, as this can vary on ribbed fabrics.

Does Spotlight sell other knitted fabrics?

Yes, you will find some pretty knitted Lumex fabrics in the brocade fabrics range, and it is also worth checking our interlocks and jerseys which have some of the same characteristics, although they are not quite as stretchy as ribbing. If you cannot find ribbing to match your garment, you can even make your won by sewing some stretchy material into ribs. A tricky little job but worth it if you want to get a perfect match for your finished garment.

Does Spotlight sell other types of fabric?

Yes, you will find a huge selection of dressmaking and tailoring fabrics here at Spotlight, for all types of garments from kids clothing to formal and leisure wear for adults and many fabrics for special garments including bridal wear, evening wear, costumes and outerwear. If you are looking for materials for curtains, blinds, bedding or interior design projects, you will also find these at Spotlight, as well as many general purpose and craft fabrics too.

Can I purchase knitted apparel fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, Spotlight stock a wide variety of knitted apparel fabrics including jersey, Ponta di Roma, double knits, ribbing and many more. Most of our fabrics are available by the metre, except a few which are available in pre-cut pieces. This is more economical if for instance you only need a small piece for some cuffs or a waistband, or want to use some for craft projects.

What are the features of knitted apparel fabric?

In principle, there are two main types of knitted apparel fabrics, weft-knitted and warp-knitted.

Weft-knitted fabric is made by looping together long lengths of yarn. It can be made by hand or machine. The yarn runs in rows across the fabric. If a stitch is dropped, or the fabric is damaged, it will ladder down the length of the fabric. The fabric is stretchy and comfortable and is used for socks, T-shirts and jumpers.

In warp-knitted fabric, the loops interlock vertically along the length of the fabric. Warp knits are slightly stretchy and do not ladder. Warp-knitted fabric is made by machine. It is often used for swimwear and underwear.

What are the benefits of knitted apparel fabric?

Some of the main benefits of knitted fabrics are:

Stretch - Sewing with knitted fabric can be a challenge, mainly because these fabrics have plenty of stretch and the edges may curl up as you work. However, this feature makes it possible to create form-fitting garments that do not require buttons, zippers or hooks. Knit materials stretch in all four directions, which is useful for creating comfortable t-shirts, underwear and other one-piece garments.

Easy Care - Depending on the material used in the fabric and the size of the knitting, knit fabrics are usually easy to care for. Most of them are suitable for machine washing, although a gentle temperature and spin speed are recommended. Wool knits do need more care, with most of them requiring hand washing in warm water with liquid soap, and air-drying flat to avoid stretching the garment's shape.

Comfortable to Wear - Most people like knitted fabrics for their softness, warmth and stretch. The softness does depend on the fabric or material yarns used. Properly cared for knitted fabrics retain their shape and elasticity and do not wrinkle easily, which increases their aesthetic appeal.

Knitted fabrics are also easier to produce than woven ones, involving fewer man hours and machinery, so the cost is usually lower than that of woven fabrics, but they may be less durable.

Does Spotlight sell other types of fabric too?

Yes, as well as over 400 different types of knitted apparel fabric, available in many different colourways and designs, Spotlight stocks a full range of woven fabrics and specialty fabrics, and the range is further extended with decorating and interior fabrics, craft fabrics and general-purpose fabrics, so check out the full range today!

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