Straightening Material for Cutting
I haven’t sewed in almost 30 years, and need some help with straightening my material so I know if I am cutting on the grain or gross grain. I know on a pattern you can take the lie on the center of the pattern piece and measure out to the selvage in at least two spots and know that the piece is laid out on grain. At least that’s what I think I remember.
I know that in home ec we use to do something with pulling a thread to get the material “straight” and then we cut along that thread pull. Is that the gross grain?
I want to try to make a quilt using a 9 patch pattern. The pattern instructions assume you know the basics of material and cutting, but I can’t seem to find anything this basic on-line. Probably that is because I’m not asking the right question. I know that I have to have my material perfectly “square” when I cut, and iron, my blocks or they will not come out square when you put the blocks together.
Do you wash your material before you straighten it and cut it. or after it is washed?
If you cut then wash, I assume that you need to iron out any creases from folding. Is this correct? I assume that you would have to iron your fabric after you wash it because it will be all wrinkled.
I have a lot of real basic questions like this and I am looking for a good reference book. I have been reading reviews of beginning sewing books and there doesn’t seem to be a consensus among reviewers of which book really is a good beginner’s book. I want a reference book, with a good glossary, a good index, and not a whole bunch of projects for me to make. I have the projects, I just need to know the right way to do the basics with step-by-step instructions and not a lot of fluff.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
God Bless You!
Edited 4/30/2008 11:32 am ET by HisChildBeth