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Identifying off bolt fabrics

Palady | Posted in General Discussion on

Recognizing the need for safety precautions, it’s possible to get an idea of the composition of fabrics when the tag or end bolt info is gone.

Consider opening the following URL, scrolling the left menu to Useful Sewing Knowledge, and selecting Fabric Burn Chart.


ETA – Oopps -my oversight in neglecting to post the URL. 


Edited 3/26/2009 1:02 pm ET by Palady


  1. sewslow67 | | #1

    I thought you might want to know that your attachment didn't "take" ...because it's missing.  I hope you can get it on though because it sounds very interesting.  Thanks.

    1. Palady | | #7

      Realized my oversight this a.m. and edited accordingly.  Thank you for the heads up.

      Also, my thanks to others who posted additional choices.  MO, it matters for readers to have options for the knowing.


  2. starzoe | | #2

    One of the Threads mags. has a burn chart for fabrics - probably on the Index.

    1. sewslow67 | | #3

      Thanks for the suggestion, Starzoe.  Here's what I found when looking in the Index:

      Burn test

      for fabrics



      Elliott, Mary, and Elaine Zarse

      burn test for fabrics




      burn test for



      1. starzoe | | #4

        Yup, that's the one. A reminder here to knitters, burn tests are sometimes the only way to find out what that odd ball in the stash is.

        1. sewslow67 | | #5

          My number 81 is still down south in my apartment.  I'll have to bring all my Threads up here to Canada when we go down in May.  I really miss having them for a ready-reference.

          I remember using the burn test for something a couple of years ago, but now I can't remember which fiber smelled or curled which way.  Anyway, I appreciate the your reminder of where to look.   I think I've got a little brain fog lately ;-( ...so I needed a bit of a nudge.  Thanks again.  ;-)

          1. KharminJ | | #6

            G'Morning!Here's a page that Ralphetta posted (in October, I think) what has a complete Burn Test grid -http://www.griffindyeworks.com/faqs/burntest.html - I printed it out for my notes board! Kharmin

          2. Palady | | #9

            Thanks for another URL.  Figured there'd been another with the #'s being in the 9 thousands.


          3. sewslow67 | | #10

            Wow.  That's exactly what I was looking for and now I don't have to wait until I can get one of my old Threads from my files down south.  Thanks so much.  I know other will appreciate it as well.  And I too, will print it out for my info files here.

            Thanks again for sharing it.

          4. KharminJ | | #11

            Glad you can use it! I've been accused of being a "veritable font of unbillable information" (by a former boss) and it's satisfying as all get-out to be able to pass some of it along where it's useful!

            Bright Blessings!

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            ThreadKoe | | #13

            Yes, you are a font of wonderful information! Isn't it nice to spread what you have learned? I find it just makes my day to be able to help someone find a solution, or just to discuss something I have learned. Even better is when someone points the way for me to learn something new. Cathy

    2. Palady | | #8

      Thank you for posting Threads having the data.  Figured it was published there.  Because some members may be wanting in the issue(s) having it, is my why.  Over time, it's also possible there's a previous post since the #'s is in the mid 9 thousands.



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    ThreadKoe | | #12

    Thanks for the very useful link! I often have an idea of what I am testing before I do a burn test, but sometimes it is a complete mystery! This is a good eliminate the choices flowchart! Much easier than hunt through all the choices in the regular chart of fiber type, then the ash, then the reaction to heat, etc. When you start with what you have, and work your way through the reaction to the conclusion, it is so much easier, so much so when you are a beginner! It is not as detailed as some of the charts I have seen, but is a very good starting point! Cathy

    1. Palady | | #14

      >> ...  not as detailed as some of the charts I have seen, but is a very good starting point! <<



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