Choosing the perfect swimwear knit fabric
for your next project can be a challenge. There are many factors to consider such as yarn stretchability, color blocking, cost and elongation recovery.
Whether you're looking for an inexpensive dress to wear to the beach or a dress for date night, colorblocking is just what you need. Many top fashion houses have jumped on the colorblocking trend. The most common designs use contrasting jersey fabrics to create a look that is both sophisticated and eye-catching.
The trick to colorblocking is finding the right color combination and stretching your fabric as much as possible. You also have the option of a stretch stitch, making this task a breeze.
A more functional and effective approach to color blocking is to use a contrasting knit on the body of the garment. The contrasting knit also takes the hassle out of sewing intricate seams on stretchy fabrics.
During use, knitted fabrics are subject to various stresses. These stresses affect the structural properties of the fabric and its elasticity. Elasticity plays an important role in the fit and comfort of knitted fabrics. Elastane is widely associated with wearing comfort. Its percentage in the yarn has a significant effect on the size of the elastic areas of the fabric.
The elastic properties of fabrics can be studied using a knitted fabric elastic recovery tester. It can perform constant load and constant expansion tests. The tester is equipped with a special elongation gauge. It can also clamp specimens. It is also equipped with a timer.
Knitted fabrics with different knitting structures have different elasticities. The percentage of elastane in a yarn has a significant effect on its elasticity.
Whether you're making a new swimsuit or just buying a new swimsuit, you're probably wondering how stretchy swimwear jersey is. The answer to this question may vary by manufacturer and fabric.
The best stretch fabrics are usually polyester and spandex blends. It should also have good elastic recovery. This is important because fabrics with poor elastic recovery stretch permanently when stretched.
There are many types of knitted fabrics, but the most common are jersey, warp and rib knit. Jersey knit is a front and back knit that is curlable and has a medium to heavyweight stretch.
Another fabric that can be a little more complicated to sew is rib knit. It has a transverse ribbing on the back and can be made from fine or single yarn. It is also used in swimwear and underwear.
Although jersey stretch fabrics are woven to create the correct size and shape, they also have some drawbacks. The main disadvantage of knitted fabrics is that they do not have any flexibility. The fabric has low shape stability, low recovery from elongation, and low resistance to snagging and pilling. The fabric also has rough fullness and a bumpy finish. In addition, elastic fibers exhibit large shrinkage stress and low heat set. These disadvantages lead to skin irritation and clothing damage. These fabrics are also difficult to wash and maintain their shape.
Composite yarns with two polymer components are bonded in side-by-side or eccentric core-sheath fashion. They differ in intrinsic viscosity, density and intrinsic stiffness. Despite the advantages of bonded yarns, they are still bulky and rough.