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Fabric- attending to know fabric- half 1- Light to Medium weight Fabric!
Updated on February 23, 2017 Zsuzsy Bee moreContact Writer We’re nearly by the basic concept that a new sewer needs to know. Just a couple extra hubs then we’ll be capable of dive into the fun initiatives and procedures.

This one might be going to be the toughest lesson to write and to ‘get’. In the precise classes I had boxes filled with fabric swatches for my students to contact, really feel and see. Online it may be a bit harder. I can offer you a mile long record of fabric names however not a lot on that record will imply anything to you until you actually get to see and really feel the fabrics.

You’ll have to spend a while and bum round at your local fabric store. The larger the store the higher, although at first it would feel intimidating but finally once you get an oversight of the shop you’ll really feel more at ease there. Let’s dive in.

To have some information about the completely different fabrics is necessary when sewing. Right here is an ‘straightforward to sew’ list and we’ll build onto this record as we go along.

It’s my opinion that easy success for the start sewer creates an excellent base. With that in mind I all the time suggest using easy to sew fabrics with small or no sample. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply that a novice can not accomplish a well made first challenge, lets say our of sheer or velvet. It just means that the novice could have to provide some of these fabrics some further or special consideration.The only problem I see with using laborious to sew fabric is that it may be discouraging if one thing simply does not work out a effectively as wished. (So far as I’m involved there are primarily two forms of fabrics which are actually hard to sew and an actual ache within the watooooosy, those are velvets in all of their glory and a very high-quality chiffon that stretches off form, no matter what, the second you even get inside touching range of it).

Most domestic sewing machines want a medium to medium lightweight fabric. The sewing machine manufacturing facility robotically sets a sewing machine’s timing and so on. to run excellent with that sort of easy, even weave fabric. Again that stated, does not imply that the typical sewing machine can’t sew heavier fabric such as a couple of layers of denim or a totally lightweight sheer or gauze. The machine will just need different settings and needles etc. which we’ll get to soon.

Fabric made from Pure Fibers!
Fabric made from pure fibers are created from animals coats, plants’ seeds, leaves, stems and silkworm cocoons.

Wool — wool is a protein fiber, sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats, rabbits and many others all develop fur that we people have been working into clothing and such for the reason that dawn of time

Cotton — cotton is a plant fiber that we (people) have been amassing and transferring into cloth for thousands of years from the cotton plant’s seed pod

Linen — linen is a plant fiber a super durable fabric that is made from the stalk of the flax plant

Jute, Hemp, Ramie, Bamboo… — every of these are plant fibers much like linen except that the usable fibers of each of those plants must be processed a bit differently

Silk — silk is a protein fiber and is made from by unraveling the cocoon of the silkworm, most likely the only domesticated insect or bug that has been giving humanity beauty for 1000’s of years

Fabrics from man-made fibers !
Just to call the main ‘fabric households’, most of these get other fancy names nevertheless are built from the following listing:

Acetate — is made from cellulose (wood fibers), technically cellulose acetate.

Acrylic — nicely the precise identify is acrylonitrile is made from natural gas and petroleum.

Nylon — is a polyamide made from petroleum.

Polyester — is a polymer produced from coal, air, water, and petroleum products.

Rayon — is a regenerated cellulose fiber which is sort of pure cellulose. (one among my favorites to sew)

Sorts of weave don’t make the Forms of fabric
The kind of weave used to fabricate a material typically get mistaken for the type of fabric. Plenty of weave styles have lent a sure fabric their name… Let me clarify, Gabardine, Twill, Damask, Brocade, Jaquard… earlier than I lose you with all these names let me backtrack and talk about ‘Satin’ for instance, everyone is aware of what satin appears to be like like, right? Most individuals affiliate it with the shiny materials that loads of formal gowns are made from. Properly, satin is probably not a fabric however really it’s a kind of weave. (although it has grow to be an appropriate title for the fabric. The satin-weave can be woven from silk, acetate, polyester, or even a blend of various fibers. Each of those fibers contribute to how heavy the satin is, the way it drapes (hangs), what the satin seems like, what the satin appears like and so forth…

We additionally ought to focus on how a fabric is made, in order that we’ll know what to look for when next at the fabric counter of Walmart or the native materials shop.

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5 years in the past from Ontario/Canada

Thanks for studying and commenting Caliamartin. If this hub is of even a smallest amount of help then it was price writing it. Mind you it wasn’t a hardship to write it as I completely love fabric and cloth art in it’s many many glorious forms.


Wow! I’m so impressed along with your sharing so much data. If this is just Part 1 I am in hassle as a result of I assumed I knew one thing about fabric. I feel you’ve got covered so much right here. I will be maintaining this bookmarked and coming back for reference in the future.

Thanks for all your work right here.


KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for stopping by I simply love fabric and could discuss it in all its forms and glory for hours and hours and hours.

Susan Hazelton

7 years ago from Sunny Florida

Wow Zsuzsy, the place have been you when I was attempting to learn about fabrics? It took me quite some time to get them down pat. Even now I need to refresh, relearn, and be taught new. Great info and a lot of it. Voted up and helpful.

Tamara thank you on your good comment. I love all sorts of fabric and will speak about it eternally and a day. My non-sewing associates hate to go purchasing with me as a result of someway or another we at all times end up at the fabric retailer from where I never need to go away.


This hub is much like a e-book on fabrics. Thanks.

Thanks Lilly… the following hub one needs to be on line late tomorrow.


I’m fascinated, and can be passing these to my daughter and 1 granddaughter who both sew. We look ahead to the remainder of the collection. You need a clone? :0)

Howdy Lilly, how are you? There’s sooooo a lot I want to share with you all. I am getting frustrated that I don’t have as much time to get hubs written and published.

There are about 2 dozen within the works, so if you are interested keep on the lookout for them… quickly

thanks for taking a glance and for commenting

Lori J Latimer

7 years in the past from The River Valley, Arkansas

Thanks for sharing your world of knowledge with new people sewing or wanting to sew. Excellent step by step guides, straightforward to observe. The best. Voted up and shared

Hiya Support Med., always glad if you cease by for a go to. Coffee tea? I’ve a protracted record of learn to sew hubs on the go. If you ever have any question simply ask and I will attempt to answer them.

Help Med.

7 years in the past from Michigan

It is great you are an skilled! Will certainly keep this hub as a reference as I keep interested by studying how to use the sewing machine and understanding the fabrics helps too. Voted/rated.

Tracy Monroy thank you for taking a glance and for commenting.

I love to re-upholster things too. I have a forty yr outdated chair that’s on it is seventh or eighth cowl, whenever I change my residing room around I recuperate the chair too to match.

Tracy Monroy

I’ve at all times been big into fabric and doing different things with it. I have been just lately utilizing upholstery fabric and been redoing old chairs and furnishings that I discover. It actually is a good interest that can be tailored to your interests. Wonderful hub!

heart4theword all the time glad when you drop by and thanks for taking a look and for commenting.


7 years ago from hub

Another detailed hub:Zero Thanks for sharing the knitting machines! Would like to see them in movement? Have had individuals say that I am a knitting machine! Want I could produce what these do, within the short amount of time they do:) Informative Hub:)

Thank you Karen for taking a glance and for commenting.


7 years in the past from Central Oregon

Wonderful article, thanks.

Michael L. Borg, sadly not being able to see and feel your fabric I’m not going to be of any help in any respect. All I can suggest is that you take the vest to a great fabric store. Likelihood is that if you go to an unbiased retailer (a good sized one) ask there for the one that does the shopping for of products for the shop they might be able to recognize the fabric that you are after and likewise where to purchase it… Just one other thought ‘Dry cleaners’ are pretty good at identifying fabric too.

good luck with your search


WildIris funny that you’ll point out simply that I have a hub within the works about how to acknowledge the totally different fabrics by burning a bit and the smells related to it.

Thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

hope you’re effectively

Lady Guinevere all the time glad while you drop by and thanks for the link.

I hope you’re well.

Lily Rose, your hub is almost prepared it has become a monster of a protracted hub so I needed to re-edit and re-edit because I have sooooo much to tell you about the memory quilts.

talk to you quickly

Sherri I’m all the time so glad once you drop by my hubs and in the event that they bring back some happy memories then they’re effectively definitely worth the time spent writing the hub. Now talking about bolts of fabric with no rapid project in thoughts… there are just a few dozen of those batches hanging round right here too together with the numerous, many, ma-a-a-ny meters or perhaps I ought to say miles of fabric which have a supposed goal (properly they did final time I looked) Nevertheless the unhappy part is that when ever a new great mission footwear up on the horizon I simply can’t find just the fitting thing in my stash and then I should with heavy coronary heart go fabric purchasing.(I keep telling myself this and certainly one of lately I’d really consider it too hehehe)