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How to Straighten Fabric Grain

Threads magazine - 184 - April/May 2016 Issue

Evamarie Gomez and Carol Fresia; Videographers: Gary Junken and Jeff Roos

Before you cut fabric for a garment, it’s important to ascertain that the fabric’s grain is straight. That means the fabric’s warp (lengthwise) yarns are perpendicular to weft (crosswise) yarns. During the manufacturing and finishing processes, textiles can be pulled off-grain. If you don’t remedy this before cutting, your garment also will be off-grain, and it will twist, hang unevenly, bunch, or ripple. See how to straighten a fabric’s grain in this video, so you can prep your fabrics correctly for great sewing results.

Find out more in “Essential Techniques: Prep fabric properly” by Daryl Lancaster in Threads #184 (April/May 2016).

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  1. User avater RubeRue July 13th

    I loved the council.

  2. femininepersonae July 8th

    EXCELLENT post. Thanks!

  3. Motard March 31st

    Good advice and nice video, thank you and continue please :) !!

  4. User avater CFields March 26th

    If you don't have someone to help pull the short ends, you can stand on one short end and pull the other as far as you can. If the fabric is still too long, stand on an edge that is about the same distance from the end as the fabric is wide so that you're working with a section that's about square. Pull, then move along to the next square section.

  5. user-2674115 March 21st

    Why am I not able to watch this video? Have you removed it?

  6. User avater Daryl_Lancaster March 18th

    The article goes on to explain that I save the small piece from the end after straightening to check for color fastness before pre-shrinking. Often I run across a fabric that has a serious skew, once I had one that was off by 10"! Knowing this before pre-shrinking helps, skews this severe can be corrected when the fabric is still wet. I always straighten first and then pre-shrink.

  7. ustabahippie March 15th

    If these instructions don't seem easy, or don't work at all, your fabric most likely cannot be straightened. I would return a cut like this for a refund.

  8. ustabahippie March 15th

    Good, clear instructions. I always preshrink first.

  9. User avater Sewfunnytroy March 15th

    This is real good information, but sometimes harder to do than stated.

    TJenn

  10. user-2615058 March 15th

    at the end of the video, you state that now is the time to preshrink the fabric before cutting. I have always done my prewashing/preshrinking before straightening the grain - does this matter?

  11. User avater Jessicakeith March 14th

    good morning friends.. this is very nice information .. thanks for sharing this...

  12. tpmike March 10th

    Very helpful video, i really like this

  13. HollyJo February 23rd

    I love your videos. Really well edited and informative.

  14. ZakFerdie February 23rd

    Really good advice right there, thank you Threads Magazine!

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