How to Pick a Fabric | Sewing Lessons

How to Pick a Fabric | Sewing Lessons


Hi, I’m Cynthia Mann and we’re here today
at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Fabricworm.com. Hi, I’m Melissa Lunden; I’m the resident seamstress
here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog
tutorials and sew samples of Birch’s line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. So, let’s talk about choosing fabric. You have so many different options and if
you’re doing a specific project with a commercial sewing pattern, it’ll often give you different
recommendations but here are a couple just to get an idea. This is a regular quilting weight cotton. It has a nice woven texture. Pretty strong. It doesn’t have a lot of stretch and nowadays,
you can get all kinds of different prints and colors. They come in organic and it’s just really
versatile for all kinds of projects whether it’s making pillows or clothing. Another type of fabric is linen. It’s a little bit of a looser weave, has a
little bit rougher texture but it’s also really good for home dec projects and making clothes. Another type of fabric is jersey. It’s a knit rather than a woven and it has
a lot of great stretch. It’s really good for clothes. It’s a little bit trickier to sew with. Um, you can use an over lock machine. You can also use your regular sewing machine
but it’s great for kid’s clothes or clothes that need a lot of movement and it drapes
really well. Another type of fabric to consider is a decorator
weight. A decorator weight means it’s a little bit
heavier. It doesn’t drape as loosely, and it’s usually
wider. Regular bolts of cotton usually run about
44 inches wide. Decorator weights come at 54 inches so, they
tend to be a little bit more expensive per yard but that’s because you’re getting more
fabric and it’s thicker. It’s more durable. You can make home dec projects, pillows, curtains. You can make accessories. Also, make outerwear with it. Something like this would be so good for a
coat.

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