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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions for us? Here are some fabric-related questions that we get asked a lot. If you have a question that isn’t on this list, you can send us an email. We would be happy to help.

What fabric is used for activewear?

Spandex is the most common type of fabric used for activewear. It has high stretchability making the clothes agile and comfortable for movements. Spandex can stretch 100 times more than its original size, perfect for activewear.

What is acrylic fabric?

Acrylic is a synthetic fabric that is manmade through a chemical reaction. This makes a plastic fibre that is then spun into thread and yarn and then woven into fabric. Acrylic resembles the look and feel of wool. Acrylic fabric is lightweight, warm, and soft to the touch.

What is modal fabric?

Modal fabric is semi-synthetic made from beech tree pulp. It is breathable and absorbent making it great for underwear, pyjamas, and household items, like bedsheets and towels. Modal fabric is a form of rayon, another plant-based textile. It is a little more durable and flexible than the standard version of rayon.

What is minky fabric?

Minky fabric is a super soft variety of fleece fabric. It’s produced from 100% polyester fibre or microfiber. It comes in many colours and textures and is very warm. It works well for baby products because of its soft feel, warmth, and being lightweight.

What is rayon fabric?

Rayon is a cellulose fibre coming from natural sources like wood. There are many types and grades of rayon. It can imitate the feel and texture of natural fibres such as silk, wool, cotton, and linen.

What is the best thread to use for sewing?

When working with cotton fabric you should always use cotton thread. Polyester or manmade fabric should be sewn with polyester thread. Polyester fibre is stronger than most natural fibres. It can break the weaker cotton fabric over time.

How to remove wax from fabric

  1. Let the wax dry. You will have better results if you wait until the wax hardens. You can let the wax dry naturally or put an ice cube on the wax to make it harden faster.
  2. Scrape off as much of the wax with a dull knife that you can.
  3. Use an iron on low heat to melt the remaining wax. Place paper towels between the iron and fabric t absorb the wax. Replacing the paper towels as necessary.
  4. If all else fails bring your clothing to the dry cleaners, as the chemical used in dry cleaning is excellent for removing wax, chewing gum, and oil.

How to get oil out of fabric

  1. With the fabric dry use liquid dishwashing detergent. Apply a few drops to the stain and let it soak for five minutes.
  2. Then rinse with warm water while rubbing it gently.
  3. For white clothing (non-spandex blends) wash in hot water using laundry detergent and ½ cup bleach. For coloured clothing (or white that has spandex), wash in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and stain remover.
  4. Air-dry the item.

How to remove ink from fabric

  1. Wet the fabric and then blot with a clean cloth. The stain should transfer to the clean cloth.
  2. Add a small amount of liquid detergent onto the stain then let sit for three to 5 minutes.
  3. Wash the garment in the hottest water possible then air dry.

How much is a yard of fabric?

Or how many inches in a yard of fabric?

A yard of fabric is 36 inches or 3 feet long.

How can you tell the quality of fabric?

Here are three simple things to tell if the fabric is of quality.

  1. Hold the fabric up to bright light. Overall, the thicker the material, the higher the quality.
  2. Pull on an area of the fabric and hold for a few seconds. Does the fabric retain its shape once you let go? If not its most likely poor quality fabric.
  3. Check the label for natural fibers. Generally, the more natural fibers will mean higher quality but this isn’t always the case as some synthetic fabrics are high quality as well.

How much fabric do I need?

Figuring out how much fabric a project needs can be tricky. The fabric cost can be anywhere from $20 to $250 per yard. So knowing approximately how much you’ll need before you buy is helpful.

  1. Measure the width and length of each piece of your project (in inches). Don’t forget to include any seam allowances, hemming and extra fabric for gathering and multiples.
  2. Figure out how many pieces you can fit beside each other across the width of the fabric. If all the pieces are the same size, you can divide the width of the fabric by the width of one of the pieces. Round down to a whole number to make sure that you have enough room.
  3. Now you will need to know how long the fabric needs to be. This isn’t very hard if all the pieces are the same size. Divide the total number of project pieces by the number of pieces that fit into the width of the fabric. This tells you how many rows you need.
  4. Multiply the number of rows from the last step with the length of a piece of your project. The result will tell you what length your fabric will need to be.
  5. The last thing to do is to convert the total length from inches to yards. There are 36″ in a yard so divide the number from the last step by 36. Always round up to a whole number.

Yardage Calculator

This assumes that all pieces are the same size.

Leave it at 36" unless you know otherwise.

Unchecking this box may show you that you need less fabric.

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