jer•sey [jərzē]: Jersey fabric is a type of knit textile which can be made with many different fibers-such as cotton, hemp or wool. The textile is named for the island of Jersey,
read more » one of the Channel Islands, located between England and France. The fabric is warm, flexible, stretchy, and very insulating, making it a popular choice for the layer worn closest to the body. Jersey also tends to be soft, making it very comfortable.
A knitting machine is used to make jersey, since it can create the small, even, close grained stitches associated with jersey fabric. Like many other knit fabrics, jersey fabric has a right side and a wrong side. The right side of the material is marked by a series of very small lines which run vertically, and the wrong side has a horizontal grain. In most cases, a garment made from jersey fabric is sewn with the right side facing out, unless the seamstress is making a deliberate stylistic choice.
Suggested uses: Tee shirts, swaddle and receiving blankets, dresses and skirts, camisoles and tank tops, babies' layette items and clothing.
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