The grainline almost always runs parallel to the selvedge of the fabric (the manufacturer’s logo or blank line along the edges, explained more in my video), and the stretch usually runs the other direction. The grainline is easy to find on wovens, which tend to be more stable and fold easily.
What is the grain of a knit fabric?
Technically, the term grain only refers to woven fabric; the term direction is frequently used with knit fabrics. The lengthwise yarns (sometimes called the warp) run parallel to the selvage edge of the fabric. They are usually more tightly twisted, stronger, and more stable than the crosswise yarns.
What happens if you don’t cut fabric on the Grainline?
What would happen? The fabric would sag and pull slightly in the direction of the diagonal, making for an unflattering finished garment. Therefore straightening the edge of grain is a very important, even if a bit tedious, task to do before cutting out pieces.
What are two ways one can tell the lengthwise grain of a fabric?
Lengthwise grain refers to the threads in a fabric which run the length of the fabric, parallel to the selvage of the fabric. Crosswise grain is the threads that run perpendicular to the selvage of the fabric or the cut edge of the fabric as it comes off the bolt.
Is Grainline the same as stretch?
The grainline almost always runs parallel to the selvedge of the fabric (the manufacturer’s logo or blank line along the edges, explained more in my video), and the stretch usually runs the other direction.
What will happen if you haven’t prepared your fabric before cutting and sewing?
If you haven’t pre-treated your fabric or if you haven’t put it on grain, your seams will shift over time. So that’s when you notice the sides of your shirt or the sides of your garments twisting around to the front, and we don’t want that.
How do you cut fabric across the grain?
When we cut a pattern out, the best way is to fold the fabric carefully on the straight grain of the fabric, lining up the selvages . If you need to straighten the ends of your fabric, take a snip through the selvage near one end. Then pull a horizontal thread.