Want to sew jersey clothes?

Extendable dresses for summer, mesh vests for winter, a jersey body or even lingerie?

 The seam of the jersey may seem intimidating for beginners, but with good advice and techniques, you can master this extensible fabric and you will no longer be afraid!

You may even be able to do without it!😊

Whether you want to create comfortable or elegant clothes, the jersey is a great choice of fabric!

Because, contrary to what we think, it is not a fabric only dedicated to the seam of T-shirt!

You can really sew elegant clothes with this pretty material!

In this article, we will share 5 essential tips to help you sew jersey more easily and exceed your material from the material!

We already reassure you: you do not have to have a overwhelmer to sew jersey!

What is Jersey?

But before giving you our 5 tips to better understand this extensible fabric, it seems important to you to explain to you what jersey is because we see that there are often some confusion!


Contrary to what we think, jersey is not necessarily made up of Baumwolle.

It is a knitted and not woven fabric as is the chain and frame.

In fact, Jersey is part of the family of meshes!

For novice seamstresses, understanding the different varieties of Jersey may seem confusing.

You can easily get lost.

But don't panic, we explain everything to you so that you can familiarize yourself with this material and dare to integrate it into your next creations.

Jersey is therefore a type of knitted fabric, generally made from fibers of Baumwolle, wool, polyester or viscose.

It is characterized by its extensibility, lightness and soft texture.

The knitting of the jersey gives it great elasticity, which makes it comfortable to wear and easy to sew.

The material being knitted, the jersey is naturally expandable.

But an addition of elastane in the composition of the jerseys makes them more elastic and more comfortable.

Different types of jersey to know:

  1. Jersey of Baumwolle:

The jersey of Baumwolle is soft, breathable and ideal for everyday clothes. It is often used to make t-shirts, dresses, pajamas, blouses ...

This type of jersey can be slightly expandable or have more pronounced extensibility, depending on the composition of the fabric (if, for example, there is an addition of elastane in the composition).

  1. Woolen jersey

 The wool jersey is made from wool fibers, which gives it additional warmth and sweetness. It is often used to make sweaters, cardigans and scarves. The wool jersey is generally expandable, which facilitates the cut and adjustment of the clothes.

  1. Polyester jersey

 The polyester jersey is durable, resistant to folds and keeps its shape well. It is often used to make sportswear, swimwear and outdoor clothes. This type of jersey can have different properties, including excellent moisture evacuation and UV resistance.

We include fabrics in this category of jerseys like Lycra which are perfect for sewing swimsuits and leotards for dance or gym.

  1. Viscose jersey

The viscose jersey is soft, fließend and slightly shiny. It is commonly used for dresses, tops and cutting skirts fließend. The viscose jersey can offer a beautiful drapery and a pleasant feeling on the skin. It is ideal for sewing fluid, spraying and light dresses.

  1. Mixed jersey:

There are also mixed jerseys, which combine different fibers to obtain specific characteristics. For example, a mixture of Baumwolle And polyester can offer good breathability and high wear resistance.


Do not confuse the elasticity rate with the elastane level!

One of the most common errors when you start with jersey and therefore with the choice of this type of fabric at the time of purchase, it is against the elasticity rate with the elastane level.

The elasticity rate of a fabric measures its ability to stretch and regain its initial shape when the strength that stretches it is released.

It is a measure of the deformation of the fabric under the effect of a constraint and its ability to return to its original shape.

The elastane level represents the percentage of elastane in the composition of the fabric. It is not equal to the elasticity rate of the fabric.


Our 5 tips for sewing the jersey without overwhelming!

1- Choose the right type of needle and wire 

When you sew jersey, it is crucial to use the good supplies.

Opt for a jersey needle or a stretch tissue needle, which has a rounded tip to slide between the wires without tearing them.

 Also use an extensible polyester wire or a wire nylon Special for jersey.

 These wire choices will allow you to sew without problem and get flexible seams that adapt to the fabric.

2- Prepare and stabilize the fabric

Jersey tends to stretch during sewing, which can make it difficult to maintain parts together.

The fabric should be flat when cutting it to prevent the parts from being deformed.

 Never let jersey exceed or overflow from the table because the weight of the fabric will cause a deformation of the material and your parts thus cut will not be correct.


3 - Use a point appropriate to the sewing machine

 The overweight is the ideal tool for sewing the jersey, because it allows the edges to be overcomed at the same time as it sews the seams.

 However, if you do not have overwhelming, you can use a regular sewing machine using an extensible point or a zigzag point.

 These points allow the fabric to stretch without breaking the seams.

Be sure to test different point settings on a fabric sample to find the one that best suits your project.


4 - Spin and use sewing weights 

The jersey is a slippery fabric, which can make it difficult to align the parts during the seam.

To prevent the layers of fabric from moving, use fine pins and pin near the edges rather than directly on the sewing line.

Another tip is to use sewing weights to keep the parts in place without damaging them.

You can use sewing pliers or even heavy and flat objects such as improvised weights.


5 - Make neat finishes and hems with jersey

The finishes and the hems are key elements to obtain a clean result!

When sewing seams, remember to overwhelm the edges with a overwhelmer or use a zigzag point to prevent them from fraying.

For hems, you can opt for a rolled hem, a double needle hem or a hem.

Be sure to iron the seams well (using a Tattemouille depending on the fragility of the fabric) to obtain pretty finishes!


What to sew with jersey?

As mentioned above, jersey is a versatile fabric that is suitable for many types of clothes.

Its lightness, extensibility and comfort make it a popular choice for relaxed and sports clothes, but you can sew more elegant clothes with jersey.

 Here are some examples of clothes you can sew with jersey:



We don't teach you anything: jersey is perfect for making basic t-shirts, with short or long sleeves.

You can customize your t-shirts by adding details such as pockets, contrasting panels or applied (we have also made a video couture to use your fabric falls by customizing your t-shirts))

To sew a t-shirt without pattern thanks to Léa's video tutorial, it's here!


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 Jersey dresses are both comfortable and elegant. Opt for adjusted or flared cut dresses, depending on your preference. Maximum dresses, shirt dresses and ruffle dresses ... Everything is allowed!


Leggings and pants

Jersey leggings offer great freedom of movement and are perfect for sports activities or daily comfort. You can also sew large jersey pants for a relaxed and chic look.



The jersey skirts are comfortable and versatile. Maxi fluid skirts with adjusted pencil skirts, you can experiment with different styles and lengths to create unique looks.


Sweatshirts and cardigans 

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Jersey sweatshirts and cardigans are ideal options for outdoor clothes or relaxation clothes. Add details such as hoods, zippers or pockets to personalize your creations.


Jersey sewing underwear


Jersey is also used to sew comfortable underwear such as panties, sports bras and bras.

The extensible properties of jersey make it a suitable choice for these types of clothes.

We invite you to consult the section of the underwear of Guillemette workshop on the site.

Experience and have fun using different patterns and techniques to create clothes that match your style and personal preferences!😊


5 tips for sewing Jersey, the word at the end!

 With these five essential tips, you are now ready and ready to get into the seam of the jersey with more confidence.

There is no secret: to succeed in sewing jersey, you have to get started!

Remember to choose the right equipment, stabilize the fabric, use an appropriate sewing technique, wick judiciously and refine the finishes.

 Whether you want to create t-shirts or dresses, or even beautiful vests, Jersey offers great versatility!

And if you want to sew quality jerseys, discover our concept!

We put on the fabric market from end of stocks of fashion houses so that passionate seamstresses and seamstresses can revalue them!

Consult our Jerseys section and mesh right here!

So take out your sewing machine and give free rein to your creativity by sewing jersey!

Good seam!


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28 June, 2023


Roch Maggy:

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