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Microfiber fabric

Shirley_Hercules | Posted in The Archives on

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I am getting ready to cut out a suit from microfiber. I got some hints about cutting it. Thanks. But I was talking to the Bernina saleswoman at my fabric store and she said that when she cut the stuff on the grain as dictated by the pattern, she could not get it to sew smoothly without puckers. She heard that you should place your pattern pieces on the bias instead. When she did that, it sewed without puckers. I would think that it would hang wrong then. Any experience out there?

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  1. Jen_Donnelly | | #1

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    Fred Bloebaum wrote an article about microfibers for Threads in which she suggested you cut 5% off grain to eliminate puckering. It's so little, it won't mess up your garment.

    But, I made 2 pairs of microfiber pants from two different patterns and cut them on the straight of grain, with no problems.

    1. Judy | | #2

      *I've used a couple of different mircrofibers and have not had too mus difficulty with puckering. Slightly off-grain cutting is best. Be sure to use a small needle made especially for microfiber: microtex 70. I've had success edgestitching and topstitching the seams which help them to lay flatter. Some of the fibers are press resistent and won't allow the seams to stay pressed open. But they make a great rain jacket. I even made a skirt out of a sueded microfiber with lycra that many people mistake for real suede. But the best part is the washability and permanent press.

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