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How to look after jersey

How to stop jersey shrinking or stretching.

How to wash jersey

Wash jersey using a cool wash temperature, as long as the fabric is not heavily stained. Don’t over-fill the washing machine as this will cause more creases in your clothes and they won’t be cleaned as effectively. Turn embellished or patterned garments inside out and try to avoid mixing bright colours and whites in the wash, as the colours may bleed.

How to dry jersey

It is better not to use a tumble dryer as this can make the fabric shrink.

If possible, gently pull your garment into the correct shape and then dry it flat. Alternatively you can line-dry jersey – but make sure you keep it in its original shape as much as possible. Put t-shirts on clothes hangers and then hang them on the line: this will also help to remove creases.

How to iron jersey

Jersey fabric items should need very little or no ironing. If you do need to iron them, iron on the wrong side of the fabric using a medium heat setting and steam if necessary.

Mending jersey

As jersey is a stretch fabric, it is best to use a stretch stitch with a matching thread to mend it. There is a method of embroidering called swiss darning, which looks like a knitted stitch.

You can also stitch up small holes, working across the hole on the back of the fabric using small stitches and a matching thread. Be careful not to pull your stitches too tightly, as this will make the fabric pucker.

Find out how to sew jersey fabric.