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How to Sew with Velvet

Threads magazine - 140 – Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009 Issue
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Woven with an extra set of warp yarns that form a pile, velvets range in weight from chiffon to heavy upholstery fabrics. Originally made of silk, velvet is now available in cotton, rayon, acetate, polyester, and various blends. It’s usually woven as double cloth; two layers of fabric are woven simultaneously, one on top of the other. The pile, which joins the two layers, is then cut to create that signature, luxurious nap. With new technical information and new sewing aids, velvet is no longer intimidating to sew. After you get a few skills under your belt, you’ll be able to include it in your day or night wardrobe with ease. You will learn how to distinguish between the different types of velvets and the best styles and patterns to use. Author Linda Lee also shares great information on how to cut, mark, sew, press, and even hem this tricky fabric.   From Threads #140

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