Preparation of your fabrics before you sew:
- Prewash at the recommended temperature which will be the wash cycle that you will use for all future washes of the garment.
- Iron at the recommended temperature to remove all creases and foldlines.
- Cut out your pattern and sew 🙂
I’ve had queries about that pesky foldline/crease that forms when the fabric is folded and rolled on a bolt in the manufacturers warehouse. Generally after washing on a normal wash and drying and maybe a steam iron if appropriate will remove all traces of this line.
However in certain cases this doesnt work. After a bit of googling I’ve found this article that explains how to work around it.
This exerpt outlines how I usually deal with it:
When making a double fold,be sure the full length of each folded side is the same width. Measure as shown. This will ensure that the folded edges are straight with the grain.
You may use a double fold when you cannot press the original foldline out of the fabric. You may also use it when several pattern pieces are to be cut on a fold.
Folding Knit Fabrics
Try to press out the lengthwise crease on knit fabrics before laying out pattern pieces. Often this crease is permanent in knit fabrics and, if used on the garment, may be unsightly. If you cannot press out the crease, you can avoid using it by folding your fabric with a double fold.
Another possibility is to position the crease to work with the pattern design. For instance, place pattern pieces so that the crease will fall down the center of sleeves or pant legs.
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Preparing Denim and Tencel Fabrics:
Cut into 1 or 2m lengths if possible – open up fabric and wash each piece separately. This will avoid the lines you can get after washing.
Please wash in a gentle cycle @30′ C and remove from machine to line dry line immediately preferably or low tumble dry – check with fabric first.
Some denim fabrics especially 100% cotton benefit from 2 – 3 washes before cutting out and sewing to get rid of dyes and preshrinking.
Now and again there will be a defect in the fabric – normally these are small and you will be able to work around them.
Please check the fabric for any obvious flaws as soon as you buy it (and before you wash it). It’s impossible for us to see everything on the fabric while cutting it out and preparing orders. If you find a flaw / fault contact us immediately – sometimes a photo of the problem is enough to issue a refund to avoid postage costs. However in all fairness we can’t issue a refund if you have already washed the fabric, or used it in any way as its hard to tell when in the process the fault occurred.
This is our refund policy as stated in our terms and conditions.
Thanks for reading!