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Video: How to Straighten Fabric Grain

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Video Length: 3:04
Produced by: 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).

To watch more Threads Essential Techniques videos now, click here.

Comments (14)

RubeRue RubeRue writes: I loved the council.
Posted: 3:16 am on July 13th

femininepersonae femininepersonae writes: EXCELLENT post. Thanks!
Posted: 12:31 pm on July 8th

Motard Motard writes: Good advice and nice video, thank you and continue please :) !!
Posted: 7:38 am on March 31st

CFields CFields writes: 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.
Posted: 12:14 pm on March 26th

PhyllisFreeman PhyllisFreeman writes: Why am I not able to watch this video? Have you removed it?
Posted: 1:44 pm on March 21st

Daryl_Lancaster Daryl_Lancaster writes: 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.
Posted: 5:21 pm on March 18th

ustabahippie ustabahippie writes: 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.
Posted: 11:24 pm on March 15th

ustabahippie ustabahippie writes: Good, clear instructions. I always preshrink first.

Posted: 11:20 pm on March 15th

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

Posted: 4:01 pm on March 15th

user-2615058 user-2615058 writes: 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?
Posted: 11:47 am on March 15th

Jessicakeith Jessicakeith writes: good morning friends.. this is very nice information .. thanks for sharing this...
Posted: 12:56 am on March 14th

tpmike tpmike writes: Very helpful video, i really like this
Posted: 2:04 am on March 10th

HollyJo HollyJo writes: I love your videos. Really well edited and informative.
Posted: 9:30 am on February 23rd

ZakFerdie ZakFerdie writes: Really good advice right there, thank you Threads Magazine!
Posted: 8:02 am on February 23rd

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