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  Fabric...Learn About Different Fabric Types and Textiles... All About FABRIC


Learn about the different types of fabrics.

Choosing the right fabric for the next sewing project.

Learn all about different kinds of fabric to sew.


Fabrics come from three different sources:

1. Animal fibers - like silk-which is spun from a worm, or wool from the hair of a sheep, goat, llama, rabbit, or alpaca.

2. Natural fibers or plant based fibers - which are  made from cotton, flax, or bamboo. Most of these fibers are woven.

3. Man-made fibers or manufactured fibers also known as Synthetic Fabrics. Some examples are: nylon, polyester, acrylic, rayon etc.



Below are some interesting books on Fabric that include everything from dating fabric, to dyeing it.

Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800-1960
Eileen Trestain; Spiral-bound; Buy New: $17.47
Fabric Savvy: The Essential Guide for Every Sewer
Sandra Betzina; Spiral-bound; Buy New: $17.47
Fabric Dyeing for Beginners
Vimala McClure; Paperback; Buy New: $13.97
The Basic Guide to Dyeing & Painting Fabric
Cindy Walter; Paperback; Buy New: $13.97
Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide (Creative Machine Arts)
Claire B. Shaeffer; Paperback; Buy New: $23.07
Creative Surface Design: Painting, Stamping, Stenciling, and Embossing Fabric & More
Sandy Scrivano; Paperback; Buy New: $15.37
Sew Any Fabric: A Quick Reference Guide to Fabrics from A to Z
Claire Shaeffer; Paperback; Buy New: $16.79
Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s (and Other Terrific Textiles of the 20s, 30s, & 40s)
Gideon Bosker; Paperback; Buy New: $16.07
Fabric Photos
Marjorie Croner; Paperback; Buy New: $10.47
All About Cotton: A Fabric Dictionary & Swatchbook (Fabric Reference Ser.; Vol. 2)
Julie Parker; Plastic Comb; Buy New: $40.00


There are thousands of different kinds of fabrics.  Some fabrics stretch, and some don't. Some fabrics are dyed and some are printed on the top. It is very important to get the right fabric for the project you are making.  For example: Let's say you are making a bathing suit, and you find this very cool looking bright pink fabric that you know you will look totally awesome in for the summer. It's cotton fabric and doesn't stretch. Will that work? NO. Your bathing suit will not fit you. You must use an "all-way stretch lycra fabric" when making bathing suits, not a cotton fabric that doesn't stretch. Just like a four-way stretch knit will not work for a business suit. These may be very obvious situations, but as a new sewer, one may not know.


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