Hot answers tagged

24 votes
Accepted

Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

Unlikely. There's a reason people keep separate fabric scissors from their regular scissors--cutting through fabric requires a very sharp blade, which you're unlikely to find on the average pizza ...
  • 3,367
16 votes

Permanently mark pin placement for shirt

Sharpie might work, but will have some bleed on the fabric when applied that may cause the mark to spread farther than would be covered by the pins. Additionally, while you want something "permanent" ...
  • 3,367
11 votes
Accepted

Durable T-shirt design methods

This is an article that I have posted on my website for quite some time. I hope you find it helpful. Plastisol / Screen Printed Transfers These are transfers that are screen printed by an outside ...
11 votes
Accepted

What's the name of this type of fabric pattern?

It's called "paisley" in English. Paisley or paisley pattern is an ornamental design using the buta (Persian: بته‎) or boteh, a teardrop-shaped motif with a curved upper end. Of Persian origin,1 ...
  • 3,476
11 votes

Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

Yes, if it is sufficiently sharpened. But... no restaurant would ever do that. I've worked in multiple restaurants including Pizza Hut (wow, that was 30 years ago). Most places used a rotary pizza ...
  • 261
10 votes
Accepted

How can I pre-wash/dry bolts of fabric in a way that will prevent the cut ends from unraveling?

To prevent fraying, use a z-stitch (zig-zag stitch) with a standard sewing machine or serge the ends of the fabric before you wash it. I've recently read a lot of guides about washing fabric before ...
  • 3,476
10 votes

What fabric would work well for a flag?

Most commercial flags are made out of nylon. It's lightweight, durable, and dyes well. Specifically, the flags on many sites are made from DuPont SolarMax™, which is supposed to be nicely color safe ...
  • 3,476
9 votes

Can I use Upholstery Vinyl as the fabric for a hardcover book opposed to using Leather?

Yes, using upholstery vinyl for bookbinding is certainly a possibility. I got a large reem of it from my grandfathers and was curious if it would work. I found my result to be satisfactory (see ...
  • 10.9k
9 votes

How can I secure stiff fabric to wood without risking ripping and without adhesives?

Instead of securing the fabric with the scews, I'd let the fabric secure itself on the outer edge of the wood. The less holes you poke into a fabric, the stronger it is to withstand tearing or wearing ...
  • 9,795
9 votes
Accepted

What important tools does a small tailoring outfit need?

It sounds like she already has a basic "starter kit" for sewing. So, instead of getting her a comprehensive kit, I would try to focus on one or two high-quality items that would save her ...
  • 1,681
8 votes

What fabric is appropriate for an ironing board cover?

You can buy "heat-resistant fabric" by the yard at large fabric stores in the utility fabrics section (literally called "ironing board fabric" at a popular chain) or online (several sources came up on ...
  • 81
8 votes

How to intentionally fray curved edges in fabric?

You have the right idea. Sewing near the edge but leaving the actual edge raw will achieve a frayed edge. Things to keep in mind: This will only work on a woven fabric, not a knit. Most importantly, ...
  • 131
8 votes
Accepted

What is a linear meter?

This isn't just for fabric, but carpet and all sorts of material on rolls. A linear metre simply means 1 metre length off the roll. It says nothing at all about the width, which is usually more than a ...
  • 5,418
8 votes

Blocking Acrylic Yarn

Unlike natural fibers which can be blocked by simply shaping the item while wet, blocking acrylic requires heat. Many people try to wet-block acrylic the same way they would do wool, and they aren't ...
  • 1,681
8 votes
Accepted

Are these fabric scissors?

Basically what makes good sewing scissors is that they are nice and sharp, and will make a clean cut. So the simplest way to find out if your scissors are good for cutting fabric is to test them on ...
  • 1,681
8 votes

Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

Just for fun, I tried it, with a well-used pizza cutter and scrap materials on a cutting mat. Though the pizza cutter is old, it still does its intended job of cutting pizza very well. It wouldn't go ...
  • 5,418
7 votes

Efficient cutting and preparation of fabric for sewing clothing

I would hesitate to cut my fabric into smaller pieces for storage, just because I can pretty much guarantee that as soon as you cut your fabric, the universe will send you the perfect pattern for that ...
  • 1,566
7 votes

Robust fabric for making a bag for a 3d printer

You may need to combine different materials to get all the qualities you're looking for. Here are some ideas: Canvas and denim are strong, abrasion-resistant fabrics. Another option is ripstop nylon, ...
  • 2,385
7 votes
Accepted

What fabric is appropriate for an ironing board cover?

Cotton! My mother made her own iron board covers out of cotton. Since it is natural you don't have to worry about it trapping steam, or melting from the heat of the iron. The heavier the fabric, the ...
  • 1,203
7 votes

Fabric alternative for leather

Waxed cotton has the weight and drape. Here's a wiki link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waxed_cotton Another benefit to waxed cotton is its ability to "heal". Once punctured leather, pleather, and ...
  • 1,594
7 votes

Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

We actually have a good idea of which scroll materials last for hundreds of years, because we have scrolls that are hundreds of years old. What are they made of? Parchment We have two thousand year ...
  • 2,304
7 votes
Accepted

What is this texture called?

Nep Generally, a nep is defined as an entanglement of fibers, that can be caused by environmental factors during growth, processing or are inherent to particular varieties. abtexintl.net hm.com ...
7 votes
Accepted

How much fabric is needed in this instructional?

The instructions you've posted call for "two 43" x 65" pieces of fabric." While there are a wide variation of fabric widths available, the standard US widths are (approximately) 45" and 60". As this ...
  • 3,367
7 votes

What important tools does a small tailoring outfit need?

The equipment you listed is exactly what I would have suggested as a genral starter pack. Sewing machine is a no-brainer. The "pizza cutter" is called a "rotary cutter" and is ...
  • 9,795
6 votes
Accepted

Topstitching the inside AND outside seam of pants

Since this was mass-produced clothing, they probably do have a special machine for it! You can see an example in action around 2:45 in this video "How It's Made: Jeans". They're using a machine like ...
  • 2,385
6 votes

Layout Foot length Jacket Cape

I'm assuming from your question that you're looking to have the cape flared out around and behind you while you are standing still, as the cape will naturally take that shape when you're in motion. My ...
  • 3,367
6 votes
Accepted

Which is warmer for slipper socks—wool or acrylic?

Warmth in clothing comes mostly from trapped air, which is a good insulator. Water is a good conductor of heat, and water vapor can transfer heat. With acrylic, depending on the characteristics of ...
  • 10.6k
6 votes

What's a good fabric to use for an outdoor canopy?

There are fabrics of different materials and weaves designed specifically for that purpose. They hold up to UV and wind, dry quickly, are resistant to abrading through where they are secured or in ...
  • 10.6k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible