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Let´s talk about Jersey

When I started sewing, I sewed a lot with jersey, so I can say "Jersey was my first love."


Yes, I also know the counterarguments, like "Jersey is hard to sew" and "Jersey warps when sewing". But hey, jerseys are also forgiving of mistakes. A big plus in my eyes, especially for sewing beginners. That seam you just sewed is a little wonky or wavy. No problem with the jersey. Just iron it over, and it looks wonderfully accurate. And honestly, how comfortable is a jersey dress, for example? With the right cut, you'll look perfectly dressed in it, but in terms of comfort, it feels like you're wearing a jogging suit. Who among us doesn't like to wear comfortable clothes and still look good? And we don't even have to talk about jerseys in children's clothing. Stretchy and easy to wash, give it a quick pull into shape after washing, dry, and your kids' favorite shirt is ready to go again.

You can tell I'm a big fan of jerseys. But let's briefly research a bit more about the history of Jersey.


What is a jersey, and where does it come from? Who invented it, and when was it first used?

Jersey is a particularly soft and stretchy fabric that is used in many garments these days. But where does this popular fabric come from, and who invented it?

The story of Jersey begins in the 19th century on the Channel Island of Jersey, which lies off the coast of France. It was here that the fabric was first produced and named after the island. The invention of jersey is attributed to the French knitter Joseph Marie Jacquard, who in 1801 developed a knitting machine that enabled the knitting of fine and elastic fabric. Initially, jersey was used mainly for underwear, as it is very soft on the skin. Later, the fabric also found application in the fashion industry and was used, for example, for sweaters and T-shirts. Jersey has some advantages over other fabrics. For example, it is very soft and stretchy, which makes it particularly comfortable to wear. In addition, it is easy to care for and hardly wrinkles. In addition, jersey is very breathable and absorbs moisture well, which makes it an ideal material for baby and children's clothing. But adults also love jersey fabrics. Each of us has some shirts and maybe even dresses made of jersey in our closet.



However, Jersey also has some disadvantages. For example, its stretchy properties make it somewhat more difficult to work with than other fabrics. It also tends to wear out quickly, which can cause garments made from jersey to lose their shape after frequent washing. That's why all of our jersey fabrics contain spandex. So our jersey fabrics keep their shape even after frequent washing. After all, we know how much time, effort, and heart and soul you invest in a self-sewn garment. Then it should also stay beautiful for a long time.

Overall, however, jersey is an extremely versatile and popular fabric that is often used in the fashion industry due to its soft, stretchy, and breathable properties. Although it has some disadvantages, the advantages of jersey are usually greater, making it an indispensable material in many garments.

What are your experiences with jersey, and what do you like most about this type of fabric? Are you as big a fan of jerseys as I am?

Feel very free to send us photos of your jersey projects; we would love to see them.


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