Fabric defined: do you know every part of it?

Choosing the right fabric can make or break your project, it is a fact.

It is essential to understand what makes up a piece of fabric and what it is meant to be used for. There is a large variety of fabrics to choose from, so understanding these elements will help you to make the right choices for your project:

  • The right side of fabric: It is the outside or finished side of the fabric. It is the side you want to be visible. You can tell which side is the right one pretty easily on a printed fabric.
  • The Wrong side of fabric: It is the inside or unprinted side of the fabric. This is the side that is unseen on a finished project.
  • The selvage: it is the finished edge of the fabric. It is tightly woven and it will not fray, but generally, it has a bit of a different colour or the name of the company who made it. It is useful to keep it in case you want to know the origin of the fabric in case you want to order it again in the future.
  • The bias line: it is the line that lies 45 degrees from the selvage and falls between the lengthwise and crosswise grains. A woven fabric has a bit of stretch when cut in the direction of the bias.
  • The warp threads: are those threads that run parallel to the selvage (lengthwise).
  • The weft threads: are those threads that run crosswise to the selvage. They are woven through the warp threads.

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