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what’s so special about Pocketing?

Sussana | Posted in General Discussion on

I use pocketing to replace and make pockets for men’s pants.  I use it because – well thats what your suposed to use.  But why, what is so special about it, is it the cotton/poly blend – why is it better to use pocketing rather that broadcloth etc.



  1. suesew | | #1

    Because they can charge more for it?

  2. tmorris1 | | #2

    Sussana;There is no difference, in fact I use old sheets for pocketing material. There is so much fabric that one sheet lasts for years.T.

    1. ValerieJ | | #3

      The reason you can't use any old cotton fabric is the weight. You really don't want the pocket fabric to add bulk, so it needs to be pretty lightweight. That's why I wouldn't use broadcloth, but sheets do sound like a good idea.

  3. Pattiann42 | | #4

    Men carry keys and change and heaven knows what else in their pockets?  The pocket needs to be strong enough to handle the wear and tear.

    I have five brothers, two sons, one grandson and a husband, of course.  It's been a very long time since I have had to replace any pockets that were made from sturdy, quality fabric.

    Pockets for ladies....a different story.  We don't want any bulk at the tummy and hips, so not much is carried in our pockets.  At least, not mine! 

    1. Sussana | | #5

      I always thought that pocketing was as you described, stronger than plain woven cotton fabric.  Maybe it was the weave or the poly cotton content  I don't know for fact, but I believed that it was the best thing to put in a pair of men's pants if I was going to put the hours into them. 

      But when younger sewers would ask me why I use pocketing and why not just plain cotton fabric.  I had no basis for my thinking.     So I was hoping that here someone would know the facts behind pocketing.  

      Thank you for your input, its a blessing to converse with skilled sewers that can take years of experience and give it away.


      1. Pattiann42 | | #6

        Happy to be of help.  I like to share and learn from others.  I am hesitate to share with the media as they take your hints, then sell books for (their) profit.

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