Problems with Tencel
I am working with Tencel for the first time. After washing the fabric on warm and drying it on a normal cycle, the fabric is off grain and will not move when pulled on the bias. (Note: I straightened the raw edges by tearing, standard procedure)
After several tries, the grain will not line up. Is this a frequent problem with Tencel?
I don’t think this is specific to Tencel. There are some woven fabrics that are pulled off-grain during manufacturing, and there’s just no way to straighten them. You can still work with them. Lay the fabric out in the standard folded configuration, and smooth it out as best you can and as close to on-grain as you can, and go from there. I would recommend opting for patterns that have some drape or volume, as the slightly askew fall will probably be camouflaged a bit better when there’s more volume. Tencel by nature has a nice, heavy drape, so you can get away with that. - Carol, Threads Technical Editor.