6 tips to sew Polyripstop, a rip-resistant and waterproof fabric

Autor: Katia
26 May, 2023

Let us introduce you to our new Polyripstop fabric by Katia Fabrics, a rip-resistant, waterproof and breathable fabric, known for its lightness and durability. We also share its characteristics and uses. If you want to know more about this new fabric, as well as 6 tips and recommendations to successfully sew this fabric, this post is for you.

rip-resistant and waterproof fabric

Discover our new Polyripstop fabric: a rip-resistant, waterproof, and breathable fabric

If you don’t know this fabric, here is short a description of it: a 100% polyester technical fabric that is extremely lightweight and featuring Ripstop structure. This is a soft and cool fabric that feels very comfortable on the skin, which you can use to sew sports garments (jackets, raincoats, waterproofs), and even covers and linings for bags and backpacks.

rip-resistant and waterproof fabric

What are Ripstop fabrics?

Ripstop is developed with a special technical fabric, where all threads are woven together. Thicker threads are woven into a thinner fabric, making this a really rip-resistant fabric.

Polyripstop characteristics

Polyripstop’s main feature is its rip-resistant quality. Its grid weave design prevents the fabric from ripping completely, so if it does break, it stops right after the cell where the rip starts. Polyripstop includes the following features:

  • Lightweight
  • Resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Durable

rip-resistant and waterproof fabric

Sewing patterns to sew Polyripstop

1. Sports sweatshirt with zipper sewing pattern

Sew this beautiful sports jacket with zipper and pockets. This design is available in our new 23 Spring-Summer Mediterranean sewing pattern magazine in two sizes, for women and children (size 5 to 12 years).

2. Unisex hooded sweatshirt sewing pattern

A unisex long-sleeved and hooded sweatshirt, a comfortable and versatile design. Download this free pattern, you can sew it combining T-shirt jersey fabrics with this new Polyripstop fabric to make a lightweight sweatshirt this spring.

6 tips to sew with Polyripstop

Take note of these recommendations to easily sew this fabric:

  1. Choose the right needle. To sew ultralight technical fabrics like Polyripstop, it’s important to use a sharp and thin needle to prevent damaging the fabric. A 70/80 universal needle is a good choice.
  2. Choose the right thread: You should use a good quality thread that is strong and resistant. Polyester or nylon thread is an excellent option for this fabric.
  3. Adjust your sewing machine: Before starting to sew, always test and adjust your thread tension and stitch length. With more thread tension and a stitch length of 3 or 4 you will achieve a good result.
  4. Prepare your fabric: It’s important to prepare your fabric before starting to sew. Wash and dry it to prevent the fabric from warping after sewing. Wash at 30ºC without bleach and do not tumble dry. It’s also important to not iron it. If you have to iron seams, do so at a low temperature or under a cloth.
  5. Use thin pins or clips to hold your pieces together and prevent them from leaving marks on the fabric.
  6. Sew the fabric carefully using a straight stitch and avoid pulling on the fabric while sewing.

With these simple steps, you can sew this fabric well and achieve a durable and resistant garment.

It’s time to take part! Switch on your sewing machine and tell us what you’ve sewn with our new Polyripstop fabric by Katia Fabrics.