You MUST join our new GIVEAWAY! Win your favorite item from our shop!!

You simply have to join our new giveaway! It’s your chance to win your favorite from our shop!!

Here’s how you can participate:

– Go to our super kawaii shop, and find your favorite product. Copy the link of that product (the URL) and then come back to THIS blog post. Leave a comment with the link pasted in. That’s it!

Just make sure to leave your email address when you’re commenting, as we will contact the winner by email. This giveaway ends on Nov 12 at 9am HK time. It’s open WORLDWIDE!

So what would you like to win? Kawaii ribbons? How about adorable sewing notions? Whatever you choose, we wish you good luck!!

 

Join our giveaway! You might win your favorite product from our shop!

Join our giveaway! You might win your favorite product from our shop!

Join our new Birch fabrics giveaway!!

Participate in our new giveaway for the opportunity to win 10 stunning organic Birch fabrics! Each fabric is about 50cm in length, which means 5 meters of awesome fabric in total!

Here’s how you can participate:

– Check out the Birch fabric page of our kawaii shop, and find your favorite fabric designed by them. Copy the URL (link) of that product, then head on back to this blog post. Leave a comment with the link pasted in and that’s it! Please just ensure to leave your correct email address when entering, as we’ll get in touch with the winner via email.

This giveaway ends on November 30th, 2018 and is open worldwide. We wish you GOOD LUCK!!

Remember to check out our awesome Birch fabric sale! Fabrics are selling out fast and we won’t be restocking these designs! Grab your favorite fabrics before it’s too late! The sale ONLY lasts until the end of this month!

Here's your chance to win this stunning fabric bundle!

Here’s your chance to win this stunning fabric bundle!

How to Choose the Best Knit Fabric

We often see our customers asking the common question over email and across social media, “what knit fabric is best for my project?” and in response to this question we always guide our customers in selecting the most suitable knit fabric for their project that perfectly matches their needs. You can find several guides related to what knit fabrics are, how to sew them and how knit fabrics are made. Today we are going to focus on different kinds of knit fabrics and based on this, will distinguish how to use them best.

 

There is a huge range of fabrics available that are superb for sewing up many different wardrobe items such as sweaters, T-shirts, hoodies, tops, dresses, pants etc. Here we will show you the best types of knit fabrics and their characteristics.

 

Cotton Jersey Knits

Cotton jersey knit fabrics are 100% cotton or blended with fibers such as rayon or polyester. They are fully made of cotton with minimal stretch due to the knitting process. Cotton jersey blend knit fabrics with rayon or polyester content provides an additional stretch. Jersey fabric thickness varies from lightweight to medium weight, so it is really important to choose the right knit fabric for your sewing project. Just take an example of lightweight knit to know more about the selection of fabric. A lightweight knit is not suitable for pants because it requires more stability and structure that is found in cotton jersey knit.

Jersey knit fabrics are very inclusive as they have stability and small stretch similar to a cotton spandex knit. You can use these Jersey fabrics in a variety of sewing patterns designed for both woven fabrics and knit. We’d suggest staying away from patterns with complicated structure or zippers etc.

 

Cotton Spandex Knits

 

Cotton spandex knits also known as cotton lycra, have a great amount of stretch due to lycra fiber. Cotton lycra fabrics usually have a 4-way stretch and are also excellent for bottom weight application due to their stretch. Cotton spandex knit fabrics blends with rayon and other fibers to provide a loose, drapey hang while still providing good stretch and recovery.

Cotton spandex knits are very erratic for use in sewing bottoms and tops that includes undergarments, socks and much more. While selecting the right cotton lycra knit for your sewing project it is necessary to see the amount of stretch that is required for the pattern. If the fabric has extra stretch then it is difficult for you to get the desired result from your garment. Too little stretch can be a problem as well.       

 

Hacci Sweater Knits

Sweater knits are also known as Hacci. Hacci has a more loopy and open-knit texture than regular cotton fabrics. Sweater knits also have the same feel and characteristics as jersey knits. That is why they are very versatile. The best part of this sweater knit is that they sew up just like regular knits.

 

 

Hacci sweater knit fabrics have a more drapey and open weave and are best for making scarves, sweaters, gloves, hats, and socks. Hacci is also good for stylish tops, skirts and beautiful dresses.

 

Ponte de Roma Knits

Ponte de Roma knit fabrics are a double knit fabric made of rayon, cotton and spandex blend of fibers. They are very stable, midweight, and very easy to sew. Ponte de Roma fabrics resist wrinkles and also have a good stretch. This fabric has a horizontal texture that gives a high-end look. This is a double knit polyester blend so make sure that you select appropriate sewing projects for Ponte de Roma knit fabrics.

 

 

Now you can sew a great collection of wardrobe items including jackets, pencil skirts, pants, and dresses. Ponte de Roma knit are also used to make other accessories and work awesomely well when blended with cotton spandex knits.

 

Bonus Tip: Characteristics of Knit Fabrics

 

Here is a quick short guide to knit fabric and a small experiment to know the different characteristics of this fabrics.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=582jqw0J1Vw

 

There are four things that you must keep in your mind while choosing the knit fabric that are: Weight/thickness, recovery, stretch, stability

Weight and Thickness

Weight and thickness are different things in fabrics. Weight is about how light or heavy the fabric is. T-shirts can be made from lightweight knits to the thicker jersey knit.

Recovery

Recovery is how efficiently a fabric comes back when stretched that helps to give you a tight shape while wearing. Fabrics that have good recovery consist of high elastane content. This is perfect for body fitting T-shirts etc. Fabrics that do not return to its original shape after stretching have a poor recovery warp.

 

Stretch

Stretch is how much percentage your fabric can be stretched. Knit fabric naturally has stretching properties but it can be stretched more with the inclusion of elastane/spandex/lycra in the fiber makeup of the fabric.

 

Most of the T-shirt patterns need widthwise stretch but other knit patterns need both lengthwise and widthwise stretch. It depends on the fabric and how hard or soft it is to stretch.

 

Stability

Stability (also called shear) means how translucent the fabric is. This basically is how much a fabric warps and twist. Fabrics that retain into their original shape have good stability and the fabrics that distort have poor stability.

 

Stretch and recovery shows how stable a fabric is. Ponte knits are extremely stable as they have a good stretch but they are not suitable for T-shirts. They are perfect for knit patterns.   Unstable knits easily drape around your body but it is hard to sew them because of their changing shape.

 

Stof Fabrics grey bear knit fabric

Stof Fabrics grey bear knit fabric

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

pink Stof Fabrics crab knit fabric

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric

blue Stof Fabrics whale knit fabric

Halloween SALE! Get 40% off Halloween goodies NOW!

Our Halloween Sale starts NOW! You can get 40% off all our spooktastic Halloween items and skull fabrics!*

The sale runs from NOW to Nov 2, 2018 (11:59pm). Go on and check out our Halloween products and skull fabrics at modeS4u!

Coupon Code: halloween2018

To get the discount you have to use the coupon code “halloween2018” during checkout. You can use the coupon code as many times as you like during this sale!

*Valid only for Halloween items and skull fabrics. The discount is not applicable for shipping costs.

Get awesome Halloween goodies and skull fabrics 40% off!

Get awesome Halloween goodies and skull fabrics 40% off!

Delightful Halloween dollhouse miniature: do your own!

Attention all crafters and sewing fans alike!  See what we found on the website of our Japanese fabrics‘ provider Kokka:  An awesomely cute Halloween dollhouse miniature display by artist Teruyo Niwa! 

In her design, she includes an amazingly kawaii mini witch costume and hat in stripes and dots fabrics, fit to dress up any doll for a stylish Halloween party 🙂  Just look at the lace and ribbon details in black and orange, they are simply delicious!

Here is another opportunity for sewing beginners, as doll dress making is an area where you can get very good results with little effort, and try new ideas or techniques. This is also a wonderful Halloween decoration and gift idea, if you like crafting miniatures. 

Check out the picture below with the original design, and some others we included to help you get inspired.  From the beautified doll accessories to the Halloween goodies bag, the pumpkin wreath and the mini furniture, there are many ideas here to feed your own creative projects.  Don’t forget to send us pictures of your creations!  We’d love to see what you do!

What great inspiration for a Halloween sewing project!

What great inspiration for a Halloween sewing project!

black designer fabric with glow in the dark spiderwebs

black designer fabric with glow in the dark spiderwebs

grey Quilting Treasures fabric with skulls

grey Quilting Treasures fabric with skulls

Ink & Arrow Halloween fabric with potions

Ink & Arrow Halloween fabric with potions

purple Cosmo Halloween fabric with ghosts

purple Cosmo Halloween fabric with ghosts

Gothic tree fabric Timeless Treasures

Gothic tree fabric Timeless Treasures

Timeless Treasures glitter skull fabric

Timeless Treasures glitter skull fabric

pumpkin fabric by Alexander Henry

pumpkin fabric by Alexander Henry

orange white Michael Miller fabric checkered pattern Gingham Play

orange white Michael Miller fabric checkered pattern Gingham Play

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and beige skulls

black Alexander Henry fabric roses and beige skulls

Join our sister site’s Christmas Giveaway with Sew Magazine!

Our sister site, Kawaii Fabric, has teamed up with the amazing Sew Magazine for a fantastic Christmas fabric bundle giveaway! This giveaway features 10 bundles, each with 8 stunning designs, up for grabs! You can join their giveaway though their magazine, or online by clicking here. Good luck!!

Check out our giveaway in Sew Magazine!

Check out our giveaway in Sew Magazine!

The page our giveaway is featured on

The page our giveaway is featured on

Win an AWESOME product from our shop in our new giveaway!!

We have a super cool new giveaway where you stand a chance of winning your favorite product from our shop!

Here’s how to enter our giveaway:

– Go to our kawaii shop and find your favorite product that you want to win. Copy its link. Then come back to this blog and leave a comment with the link of your chosen product pasted in. That’s it!

Just make sure to leave your email address when entering as we will contact the winner by email. The winner must respond to our email within 48 hours or the prize will be forfeited.

This contest is open worldwide and runs until Monday, Oct 29, 9am Hong Kong time.

So what do you hope to win? Cafe de N squishies? Nature fabric? Whatever you select, we wish you good luck!

You can win your favorite item from our shop! What do you want to win?

You can win your favorite item from our shop! What do you want to win?

Get a free GLOW IN THE DARK Halloween gift!!

Halloween is just around the corner! Spend 30 Euros or more in our online shop, modes4u.com, to get a free GLOW IN THE DARK pencil case! Hurry, this is an EXCLUSIVE offer as only the first 100 orders that spend 30 Euros or more each, will get this spooktastic gift! Get yours before they’re all gone!

These pencil cases are so cool!

These pencil cases are so cool!

Check out our adorable Christmas packaging!

We’re now wrapping up all your orders in kawaii Christmas packaging! If you haven’t started your shopping yet for the holiday season, why not get onto it? We have tons of great Christmas goodies available if you need inspiration. Maybe you know someone who loves sewing and would appreciate some fabulous Xmas fabric? Or perhaps you’re looking for something featuring good ol’ Santa Claus? Check out what we have available in our shop!

Which of the designs here do you like best?

Your order will come in one of these cute bags!

Your order will come in one of these cute bags!

random colorful Christmas erasers

random colorful Christmas erasers

white Christmas constellation fabric by Ink & Arrow

white Christmas constellation fabric by Ink & Arrow

Christmas fabric by Ink & Arrow fabric with windows

Christmas fabric by Ink & Arrow fabric with windows

Massive Christmas fabric surprise grab bag

Massive Christmas fabric surprise grab bag

Iwako erasers blue Santa snowman reindeer Christmas 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers blue Santa snowman reindeer Christmas 6 pieces set

cute pink baby winter penguin scented squishy kawaii KSI

cute pink baby winter penguin scented squishy kawaii KSI

Christmas green ceramic spoon with polar bear figurine Japan

Christmas green ceramic spoon with polar bear figurine Japan

Santa Claus and owl with beverages Christmas figurine Japan

Santa Claus and owl with beverages Christmas figurine Japan

mt Washi Tape deco tape set cookie snowglobe 3pcs Merry Christmas

mt Washi Tape deco tape set cookie snowglobe 3pcs Merry Christmas

mt Washi Tape red with snowglobe deco tape Merry Christmas

mt Washi Tape red with snowglobe deco tape Merry Christmas

Join our Xmas fabric giveaway with Laisse Luciefer!

We’ve teamed up with the awesome Laisse Luciefer for a fun new Christmas fabric giveaway! In this giveaway, you stand a chance of winning 5 stunning designer fabrics, just in time for the holiday season.

To enter, simply head on over to Laisse Luciefer’s blog and follow the instructions. Good luck!!

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win this beautiful fabric bundle!

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win this beautiful fabric bundle!

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