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October 12, 2012 5:52 PM Subscribe
How can I tell in advance if a knitted fabric will run when I cut it?
posted by Corvid to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I want to make alterations to some clothes that are made of knitted fabrics like jersey or double-knit -- something like, say, shortening the sleeves. (I'm not talking about hand-knitted sweaters.)
Some knitted fabrics are just fine when cut, but others develop runs (a/k/a "ladders") from the raw edge. Is there a way I can determine ahead of time how a particular knit fabric will behave when I cut it? I'm imagining that, if I were to look at the stitches very closely under a magnifying glass, I might be able to tell, if I knew what to look for. Any clues what that might be?