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barbsewandsew | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Could someone direct me to a Threads issue or website that would give me some general fabric info. Mostly I would like to learn about features and finishes on linens, cottons that make them wrinkle resistant….for example my newest 100 % cotton blouse ( purchased ) is a high quality cotton but also has a nice smooth finish….so does it lose the breathable factor of cotton with the finish on it??…that sort of info…but really also thread count and what makes a high quality polyester….sort of a fabrics 101. Many thanks, Barbara


  1. lovestosew | | #1

    I'd like to recommend Fabric Savvy and also More Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina. Those two books are great resources for learning more about fabric / how to treat it / how to sew it / etc. They should be available on Amazon or at your local public library. If they aren't available at your area library, then you can request that your library "borrow" the books from another branch via a program called "inter-library loan". Good luck.

  2. Josefly | | #2

    I just googled "no-iron cotton fabric" and one of the first selections listed is this site which discusses the fabric-finishing industry. It describes chemical fabric finishes that make the fabric wash-and-wear.


    I didn't read the entire article, just scrolled and scanned; maybe it will lead you to another link that provides the info you want? Also there were many other results from the google search, more than I wanted to check out, and I admit, most were for garments made from no-iron cotton.

    1. barbsewandsew | | #3

      Thanks so much Josefly and Julie !!! I have googled several terms ( including mercerized cotton ) but not the ones you used and that is just what I was looking for ! Barbara

  3. mimi | | #4

    The Fabric Savvy books are priceless!  I highly recommend them, whether you sew or not.


    1. barbsewandsew | | #5

      I've been wondering how different the More Fabric Savvy book is from the first one? B

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