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For questions about all types of fabric and textiles. Use with the specific fabric material, such as felt, if known.

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Silk clothes for active daily wear - reasonable or not?

I'm interested in making clothing for a rugged, outdoor environment, and using silk for this purpose. I am used to silk being used for luxury goods which are very difficult to maintain. Although I ...
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Glue for sticking wool to wool?

Can anyone recommend glue for sticking wool to wool? This is for a small, stationary, non-load-bearing, long-term application for an indoor, non-heated environment. It doesn't need to move around or ...
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What is the best way to reinforce/mend a fraying elastic strap by hand?

I would like to mend the elasticized shoulder straps of a dress. The straps are fraying along the edges. The material of the dress is synthetic, with a close-knit weave and four-way stretch. I do not ...
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Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

As can be seen in this video, a CNC machine uses a cutting wheel in order to cut through fabric. That tool resembles a pizza cutter. So can a pizza cutter cut through fabric? If so, what kind of ...
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Are these fabric scissors?

I am new to sewing. I have a box of old sewing stuff (+ other stuff) from an older relative, which includes the two pairs of scissors below. Sewing tutorials say you need to use fabric scissors to cut ...
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How I can calculate how much fabric I need to buy?

I am planning the materials I need for the skirt mentioned in my question here. It is a pencil skirt with false cuts and I want to order the appropriate amount of fabric. But I do not know how I can ...
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What's a good fabric to use for an outdoor canopy?

I'd like to create my own outdoor canopy for my small deck. This canopy is going to be a large swathe of fabric that will attach to a wall and the deck fence, creating a sloped shade. What are good ...
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Gluing fabric or ribbon to walnut shells

I've made a series of small crafts in walnut shells and want to turn them into lockets of a sort by gluing a ribbon (or thin strip of cotton fabric) to the outside so I can tie them shut. I'm having ...
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Which is warmer for slipper socks—wool or acrylic?

I've read a bunch of pages for what seems like a simple question but haven't been able to find a definitive answer. My main confusion comes from the (in my newbie mind) conflicting statement, where ...
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What is the difference between poly poplin fabric and cotton poplin fabric?

I am considering purchasing a custom pillow and the poly poplin is much cheaper than the cotton poplin. Since it's online I'm am wondering how noticeable the difference is. I am also wondering if ...
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What important tools does a small tailoring outfit need?

Please note: this question is intended to give me some ideas so I can start formulating a surprise gift for my wife. The obvious answer here might be: "Just ask her!" but that defeats the ...
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Blocking Acrylic Yarn

How do you block acrylic yarn? I just finished a beautiful Celtic Cable neck warmer with Lion Brand Heartland Tweed yarn, which is acrylic, and I want to make some for my friends for the holidays, but ...
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I am trying to identify / describe this wool thread / yarn

This is a commercial fabric, I would like to produce something similar. When I search on the internet the closest I find is lace weight wool yarns for sale (retail or wholesale), which are 2 to 3 ...
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How do you accurately mark fabric without a pattern?

I’m trying to use a pattern for a bag, courtesy of a friend. The pattern instructs me to “cut two rectangles, 14 by 16 inches from main fabric”. I have sewn for a while now, but never without a ...
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How to recreate drawstring effect on this dress on homemade nightie pattern

I have 2m of fabric, and I want to make a cotton nightie with it. I want to create drawstrng shoulders and also a front drawstring that ties losely. I managed to find an image similar to what I would ...
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Dressmaking and pattern layout: folded vs open fabric?

I've bought the Wilder Gown pattern from the Friday Pattern Company and the layout instructions seem to suggest you don't fold the fabric before cutting the pieces, instead keeping the fabric open/...
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How much fabric is needed in this instructional?

My wife comes and asks me whether or not she has enough fabric to complete a project. She gives me a square footage of what we have on hand and then a yardage — not square yardage — called for by the ...
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What is a linear meter?

I'm just trying to understand the concept of a linear meter. I'm aware that rolls of fabrics can have different widths and depending on the width and need a shorter or longer part of this fabric. ...
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Can I create a 'professional level' canvas weave, using a manual loom machine?

I would like to start weaving my own cotton yarn, using a manual loom, to create my own cotton canvas fabric. The fabric will be used to create canvas paintings, which will be stretched over the ...
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How can I fully bleach a polyester shirt?

I have a shirt that is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. I'd like to completely whiten this shirt. How can I accomplish this? Related: Fade color in fabric
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What knitting/weave style is this?

Here it is used on a simple and light winter hat. Also: is this doable by hand? Front: Back:
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How can I secure stiff fabric to wood without risking ripping and without adhesives?

I am planning a project using simple 1" x 2" pieces of wood and attaching a length of textile between the planks. The wood will be about 12 inches long, and the fabric will go from long-edge to long ...
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What fabric can I use for these clothes?

(The picture bellow is from a costume on-line shopping[ https://www.buycostumes.com/products/mens-steampunk-gentleman-costume ]. I don't want the exactly same thing, but it's close enough.) I don't ...
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What sort of fabric could be used for this costume?

I want to make a astronaut costume but I have no idea what fabrics I should use. I would like fabrics that resemble rubber, shiny vinyl that has no texture, and fabric that is good for putting lights ...
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Necessity of Pre-Washing Fabric to Create Folk-Art Shawl

I hear lot about the importance of pre-washing fabric before making a dress to get the shrinking out of it. But what if you want to make a stole, i.e. sew a border, embroider (in my case, I wish to ...
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Estimating the amount of wool stuffing needed for a project

I've just acquired a new loveseat for my apartment that's in desperate need of reupholstering. Here's the problem: the cushions are (or were) stuffed with wool. I have some experience with ...
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Tracking down speckled/marbled upholstery fabric [closed]

I'm working on a project that requires some upholstery work and I cant seem to track down the fabric I'd like. I'm looking for this pattern or something near it The style shown on the website isn't ...
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Fade color in fabric

I am trying to fade the color of this cotton cloth: I tried a hot solution of bleach, but very little color comes out. I also tried paint thinner, xylene, a fairly strong HCL mixture (a.k.a. muriatic ...
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What do you incorporate into a stuffed animal so that it doesn't permanently deform?

I have a concern with designing a stuffed toy which is that over time, if stuffing gets displaced from a particular region like an arm or a torso, it will be permanently deformed since the only way to ...
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Rapidly Paint Fabric Flags?

I would like to set up a flag painting station at a festival. I have a bunch of white pillowcases. What kind of paint/painting devices should I use? Ideally, the paint would allow rapid application (...
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Permanently mark pin placement for shirt

I have a light blue button shirt with a couple of ribbons that are attached via pins. The placement is very specific and I'd like to mark the exact position of the pins on the shirt. I thought about ...
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Very small grommets keep splitting

I've been trying to put some very small grommets, marked size #000, into t-shirts. Since they're going to be resting directly against skin, they need to not split, since splitting creates sharp edges. ...
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Which glue should I use for fabric-shaping?

I'm after a glue to stiffen some fabric into a specific shape. I have tried a couple but they do not stiffen the fabric enough as I'm after a fairly solid finish. It needs to be reasonably resistant ...
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Dyeing Pashmina

Is it possible to dye a store bought Pashmina? If so, is there anything I should to do it before putting it into a regular dye-bath using RIT dye? Any recommended process that would help “fix” the ...
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What type of weave is this?

It's a super durable shirt and I want another like it, but I bought it over 10 years ago. It's 100 % cotton and is a Reebok NBA "Hardwood Classics" shirt.
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What is the best way to sew knit/stretchy fabrics?

I’ve done my research and actually tried some of them but the end results are the same: wonky. I’m using needles specifically for knit fabrics, I have used a knit foot. I have tried adjusting the ...
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What is this texture called?

What is this type of texture on a fabric called? I've seen knit fabrics with these tiny specks with a contrasting colour.
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From what material/s I need to create a mold so that I can pour in it safely any kind of molten plastic?

I want to create a mold, so that when I want to make for example, planet Earth in plastic in 3D, then I can pour the molten plastic into mold. So that I can give a form. Not only this, but… when I buy ...
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How to make a cloth brim hat?

I would like to make a hat that looks roughly like this one but I'm clueless on how to go about with it. I need it to be from a material that does not keep heat much (compared to, say, felt) and ...
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Can a damaged sleeve of a suit be replaced?

I have a suit which has a hole in one of it's sleeve. Most of the time, the suit was stored in a dark place, which unluckily was also the reason for the hole. Is it possible to replace a whole sleeve ...
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What's the name of this type of fabric pattern?

Does somebody know what's the name of this fabric pattern? In Spanish is Estampado Búlgaro but when I search Bulgarian Pattern on Google Images nothing even similar appear.
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How can I stop dye from rubbing off burlap?

I recently acquired some burgundy burlap to use in re-upholstering some straight backed chairs. Problem is, the color comes off if you rub hard against it (like sitting down!). Any suggestions on how ...
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Which Fabrics are suitable for origami tessellation?

I would like to experiment (being new to this expression of Origami) with creating origami tessellation patterns using fabric of some kind rather than paper. If anyone has experience with this, what ...
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Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

I'm trying to make a scroll to document life events. The important requirements are: approximately 30cm wide by 2m tall relatively easy for other people to sign their names on it can be rolled up and ...
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Is there a term to describe woven patterns as opposed to printed patterns?

I like the look of patterns that are created using different colors of thread rather than printed on top of the fabric, but I've had some difficulty searching for such fabric online. Here are some ...
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Eco Friendly Alternative to Felt

I have made several toys using acrylic felt and I think the variety and options available in felt is beautiful. Recently I have been more conscious of my impact on the environment and I was wondering ...
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Ironing Board Material

I like to iron our sheets, but it take forever on our regular ironing board. I bought some "cotton ironing board material" at my local fabic store. It seems to be the same type of material used to ...
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Knitted material that doesn't develop little furry balls (pilling)

I was referred to this forum from the Life Hacks forum. The surface of most of my knitted garments develop little balls of whatever the knitted material is (pilling). I own one toque that doesn't do ...
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Patch for a rip in the lining of a down jacket

An Eddie Bauer down jacket has a rip in the lining which according to the label is polyester. It's a very thin fabric and it looked reminiscent of nylon but the label is quite clear that the lining ...
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Fasteners other than Hook and Loop

I am looking for fastener options to attach 2 fabrics and also keep them detachable. I am working on an adjustable knee brace so small hook and loop patches are a good option but they are difficult to ...