COLLEGE FABRIC – tips & tricks

Our College fabric, also known as French Terry, is a soft and comfortable fabric made with 96% cotton and 4% lycra. It’s a knitted fabric with a looped back side, that holds you warm.  French Terry works great for sewing pants, shirts and dresses. It’s great for the cooler seasons but also for a chilly summer day when you would need a jacket or college sweatshirt.

  • Wash your fabric before sewing. The fabric can shrink because of the large amount of cotton. 
  • Cut with a rotary cutter or scissors
  • Use ballpoint needles like stretch needles or Jersey needles – these needles have a rounded top and don’t destroy any loops. 
  • Use high quality cotton or polyester threads
  • Use a serger (4-thread) on standard settings (eventually lengthening the stitch length slightly), it sews and cuts the garment clean at the same time. If you do not have a serger, you can easily get a great result when using a sewing machine. You just have to choose an elastic seam like zigzag, three point zigzag or reinforced straight stitch. 
  • When sewing with a sewing machine, it can be helpful using a walking food that transports the fabric better or increase the presser foot pressure.
  • Serge or overcast all edges to prevent the fabric from fraying
  • Don’t push or pull the fabric when sewing
  • It can be helpful to stabilize some seams, like shoulder seams to avoid stretching out the fabric. Sew in a clear elastic band or iron an interfacing band on key seams. 
  • Not so easy to seam rip seams without destroying the loops on the backside – double check the instructions before sewing
  • Use a cover stitch for the hem or serge the raw edge first and topstitch with a twin needle on your sewing machine. 
  • When sewing buttonholes stabilize the area with interfacing. 

Rounded hem

How to give your NORA sweater a used style? Try to sew a rounded hem with an open edge. We will explain to you how to do it. 

Fold your almost finished sweater / shirt into half, line up the side seams. Start from the side and cut the hem in a nice curve.

Open up your sweater again and now you have a nice rounded edge that is similar in the front and back.

You can leave the sweater like it or you can cut the front a bit shorter. Start from the side and cut a gentle curve. 

To avoid the fabric from fraying too much on the hem, a bit is okay for the used look, sew with a cover machine / sewing machine with a decorative stitch about 1,5 to 2 cm away from the edge.

Now your sweater is finished! 


Would you like to sew an extra neat neckline and sew in our sewing labels? Have a look on our SEWING LABELS – Tips & Tricks blogpost!

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