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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).