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stitchin | Posted in General Discussion on


I have a question.  Why do some linen fabrics wrinkle more than others?


  1. SewistKitty | | #1

    The linens that are 100% linen will generally wrinkle more than the linen blends. Manufacturers will often mix flax with other fibers to make the fabric less prone to wrinkles. In sewing linen clothing I have found that less fitted clothing wrinkle less than closely fitted ones.
    Hope this helps.

    1. mem | | #2

      Interlining it all helps as well.

      1. SewistKitty | | #3

        yes, I use silk organza from Thai Silks (online source) to underline linen especially handkerchief (lighest weight) linen. This use of silk organza as an underlining is from Sandra Betzina.

  2. marijke | | #4

    If you wash 100% linen fabrics a few times, they will soften considerably and wrinkle much less.  You can use Dawn dish detergent to speed the softening process (there was an article by Judith Neukam in Threads a few issues back).  You will get some color fading as well.  Since this process does break down the fibers, some people advise against it.   It's really a matter of choice and of the look you are after.  If you want to keep the linen crisp, then underlining (as suggested by other posters) is the best strategy.

  3. mimi | | #5

    stitchin:  linen almost always wrinkles, but if you underline with either a bemberg rayon or lightweight silk it will wrinkle less and "hang" on you better.  Washing the linen, as stated by another poster, will reduce the wrinkling by softening the linen.


    1. stitchin | | #6

      Thank you all for the good advise about linen.  I will try them the next time I sew with linen.


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