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Choosing the right fabric for your sewing projects is essential to the outcome. For instance, if you want to sew a flowing prom dress, choosing denim or upholstery fabric would be a big mistake. Take some time to visualize your project before choosing your fabric. If you are working from a pattern, there is advice right on the envelope to help you.
If you are sewing without a pattern, get to know the characteristics of the four basic fabric types before choosing your fabric:
- Natural: Cotton, silk, and wool
- Man-made: Rayon and acrylics
- Synthetics: Spandex and polyester
- Blends: This type of fabric is just as the name suggests. It is a combination of two or more fabrics from different categories.
After you understand the different types of fabrics, it is time to visit the fabric store. Before you commit to a particular fabric it is wise to find out what type of care is required to keep the fabric looking its best. Does it need to be dry- cleaned? If dry-cleaning is necessary, the fabric would probably be a bad choice for a child. Fabric care can also make a dent in your pocketbook, so keep the cost of caring for your project in mind.
Has the fabric been pre-shrunk? Will the fabric shrink after washing? Natural fibers have a tendency to shrink, so knowing how the fabric you choose behaves during cleaning is very important. Generally speaking, the bolt of fabric will tell you a great deal about the fabric you are considering.
When you are considering a fabric that has caught your eye, touch it. Your hands will tell you a great deal about your choice. Is it soft? Does it drape well? If you are using the fabric to create clothing, how the fabric feels to the touch will be vitally important. If you are choosing fabric for a home decorating project such as a chair seat cover, choose a fabric that can stand up to the rigors of continued use.
Take your sewing skills into consideration before choosing a fabric. Not all fabrics are created equal. An experienced seamstress will be able to work with stretchy fabrics more easily than a sewing novice. Cotton would be a terrific choice of fabric for a beginner, because it is much easier to work with.
Creating something beautiful with your own hands is incredibly satisfying. Choose the right fabric and you will be able to enjoy your creation for years to come. Happy sewing!