Choosing fabrics for sewing
The fabric to be used is one of the major determinants of a successful sewing project. This is
because the fabric itself will make or break your project by telling you if you have chosen the right kind for your
Most sewers would agree that knowing the right kind of fabric to be used for a specific project will require the
knowledge about the different kinds. If you are just starting to sew and are hesitant about choosing fabrics, then
now is the time to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of fabrics used in different creations.
Knowing the different types of fabric
For beginners, choosing fabrics for sewing is probably one of the hardest tasks because you can be overwhelmed
with so many different kinds available. To avoid being confused and spending money on the wrong kind of fabric,
take time to research on different types available so you can identify which is the ideal or suitable type for the
sewing project you have in mind.
Once you conduct some research on different kinds of fabric, you will learn that these kinds are based on the
fiber content of the fabric. Fiber content refers to the components of the fabric that will make it suitable for a
specific use. But among the so many sources of fiber contents out there, the natural fiber fabrics are preferred
for clothing. This is because these are made from materials that are inherent in nature such as coats from animals,
cocoons of silkworms, and stems, leaves, and seeds of various plants and are considered hypoallergenic.
The most common fiber preferred for garments is cotton because of its strength, neat appearance, durability, and
easiness to work on. Cotton is also preferred because it comes in so many colors, weights, weaves, patterns, and
wider price ranges. Different types of cotton fabrics that are available depending on your preference include lawn,
gauze, duck, flannel, muslin, gingham, matelasse, organdy, moire, pique, pima, poplin, plisse, swiss, seersucker,
velveteen, and terry cloth.
Other popular types of natural fiber fabrics include linen perfect for humid climates, hemp which is great when
combined with other types of fabrics, ramie which has similarities with linen except that it is more hairy, silk
which is considered as "luxury fabric" because of its price, wool that is made from animal coats, and rayon or the
"artificial silk". Specialty hair fibers, man-made fiber fabrics, acetate and triacetate, acrylic, nylon, olefin,
polyester, spandex, leathers and suedes, synthetic suedes, vinyls, and furs can also be used for specific sewing