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August 8, 2020
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The Right Fabric For Your Next Project

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Sewing is one fabulous hobby. Rising out of necessity, the modern creative hobby enjoys almost endless possibilities.

The convenience features of advanced computerized sewing machines have opened up vast possibilities. This hobby finds expression in embellishment, home dcor, heirloom, clothing, crafts, quilting, and embroidery. The ease and creative potential, make sewing a highly satisfying hobby.

Sewing is also blessed by the rich array of sewing threads, notions, and fabrics. Colors and textures are available today that could not even have been dreamed about when the sewing machine was first invented.

If you have ever hesitated when trying to make decisions, you might understand the one dilemma facing the modern sewer. The huge number of choices in fabrics can be quite a challenge. Here are a few tips on choosing the right fabric for your next project.

Tip One: Get advice when you need it. Read the suggestions in sewing books and on the back of patterns you are using.

Tip Two: Consider Quality. If you think about your project, and how much time and effort you put into it; ask yourself what quality materials do you need? Rest assured there are differences in quality. Three bolts of fabric may look just alike, one may be junk, another may be good quality, and the third may be top quality. Durability, finished appearance, and ease of sewing can vary greatly based on the quality of the fabric.

Tip Three: Factors To Consider. The quality and character of fabric depends greatly on the base fabric. Often the same fabric print will be produced on different greygood qualities. The fabric count can very greatly with low quality fabrics using very low thread count per inch, and top quality fabrics using high thread counts. Fabric may look the same at first glance, but be very different in real quality.

Tip Four: Educate yourself to recognize fabric quality. You can get help from sewing books, classes, sewing teachers, and fellow sewers. Price is not necessarily the best indicator. Therefore, you need to be able to identify the quality of fabric for yourself.

Tip Five: How do you tell the quality of a fabric? Touch it. How does it feel? Hold it up to the light. How much light can you see through the fabric? Look at the edges. Do you see signs of potential fray? Examine the fabric for grain line. Is the fabric square? Is the bias consistent? Stretch a portion between your hands. Does the fabric hold its shape if you stretch it? Scrunch it up in your hands. Does it wrinkle easily?

Tip Six: Check out the labels on the end of the bolt. Check out fabric content and washing directions.

Tip Eight: Cotton fabrics are very popular because of their easy of use and the wide variety of colors and prints available. It is recommended that you pre-wash cottons to set the fabric and prevent shrinkage problems later.

Tip Nine: Many other fibers have been blended with cotton yielding an even more versatile fabric. Polyester is often blended with cotton provide a wrinkle free fabric. Check the fabric label and remember blended fabrics will retain the features of both original fabrics.

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