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Digitally Printed Fabrics

delica | Posted in Fabric Guidance on

Am I the only one who hates sewing digitally printed fabric?  I mostly sew custom fashion doll outfits and have one customer who loves selecting fabrics from Spoonflower because they do have some fabulous designs.

After making a few outfits, I now gently steer this customer away from Spoonflower as working with these fabrics gets me very close to having a breakdown.

Even after washing, the digitally printed fabrics have an almost rubbery hand, in my opinion, and do not drape well at all, even the lawn.  Needle holes do not heal, so every seam must be perfect on the first pass.  And doing the hand stitiching that most pieces require in some areas is almost impossible.  I have tried various sizes of hand sewing needles to no avail.  I have to fight to get the needle thru the fabric, especially if the fabric is densely printed.

Anyone with good tips for sewing with digitally printed fabrics?  I would sure appreciate any hints.  Thanks.



  1. angellacey | | #1

    There are choices of fabric on Spoonflower. I have enjoyed sewing the fabrics I chose for quilting.

  2. user-7544796 | | #2

    Sorry, but not very useful as information!!
    - On what basis do you choose your fabrics ?
    - How do you use/sew them?
    - Any specialty threads, needles or stitches?
    We would like to know.

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