7 Things to Do to Prepare Your Fabric

How to prepare your fabric


To make a garment or any other creation, you must know that you do not tackle the sewing immediately. Ah yes? Well, a very important part of your project will be preparing your fabric correctly because it forms the basis of your new project. How you prepare your fabric plays a vital role in the final appearance of your creation. Also, depending on the type of fabric you are going to use, winter or summer fabrics, the preparation steps will not be the same.


How to prepare your fabric


Respecting the law is crucial

If your fabric has been cut poorly and you don't remember to straighten it, you might have a nasty surprise when your project is finished. Your clothing may be deformed. So, first of all, you would do well to check the straight grain of your fabric and straighten it by trimming it properly.


Do not neglect the overcasting step

The first thing to do when getting ready to sew a new garment is to overcast both cut edges of your fabric. You won't have to overcast the edges. Many would think that this is an optional step and that if we are in a hurry to start our project, we can skip it. Still, I think it's important to overcast the sides of the fabric that have been cut to prevent it from unraveling and getting stuck in the sewing machine. It would be one more chore to sort this out!


A washing machine is required

Why wash a brand new fabric that you just bought? The answer is simple: this is the only way to prevent your project from shrinking when finished. Be aware that all fabrics made from natural fibers tend to shrink. After washing your fabric, it is best to leave it to dry on a flat surface. Winter fabrics such as wool or knitwear, among others, have an even more tendency to shrink in the wash due to their more mobile structure. For summer, linen, cotton, or silk are finer and wrinkle more easily.


The cold washing machine program is best suited for winter fabrics, while summer fabrics can withstand temperatures between 30 ° C and 60 ° C.


Drying your fabric

You tell yourself that drying fabric is an obvious step that you don't have to explain. However, be aware that while your fabric can shrink, it can also warp if you go about drying it the wrong way. To avoid this inconvenience, it is advisable to lay the fabric out on a flat surface.


A little ironing

Any self-respecting seamstress has iron in her workshop. It will not only be used to iron the fabric after washing but also to flatten the seams, to make perfect darts, etc. Here, you were using it to remove all the creases from the fabric you just washed. It is much easier and more pleasant to work on a well-ironed fabric!


Differentiate the place from the reverse

Sometimes after ironing, you immediately start placing your pattern and cutting your fabric. And only then will you realize that the front and back of the fabric are almost the same. Not all fabrics are like this, but it can happen. To recognize my backside you can sometimes look at the edge with the hole. And to make it easier for you, mark the reverse side of your fabric with your tailor's chalk.


Cutting and preparing parts

Finally, we do! It's time to cut your pieces. Then you will need to iron them again and overcast them before proceeding to assembly. You can create your models like a real professional!


You will no doubt have noticed it, you need to have the patience to prepare your fabric properly. But don't worry, your project will be much more polished and the final result will be better than if you don't follow these steps. 

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