SEWING FABRICS: POLYESTER

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Hello sewing girls (and boys)!

Another post in this little sewing fabrics section, this time we are going to talk about polyester and I am sure you do not all like it.

What is it? It is a synthetic fiber that we have created. It is an amount of molecules that come from the reunion of other molecules and alcohol. It produces a product that can be laddered and stretched. Then, these fibers can be weaved and knitted between each other or mixed with others. Polyester is very solid and rot-resistant (we advise you to recycle your clothes). It absorbs humidity, is very stretched and soft, and also resistant to some chemical reactions and insects (such as moths). For this reason, we can transform it into technical fabrics for sports for example. However, it is very heat-sensitive so be careful with the temperature of your iron!

How do we recognize it? The simplest way is to burn it. The fabric is going to shrivel and melt creating a small ball or a dark drop (solid once cold).

How to use it? We do not recommend it for people with sensitive skins such as babies or children but also for those who often sweat because the fiber does not absorb water. However, it is an ally to bring some elasticity to your fabric or for water-resistant clothes. Be careful, you cannot dye it!

Which weave to choose? Do not hesitate to choose a mix with other fibers, natural or not. We recommend you jersey (knitwear) to have a fluid and soft cut or canvas and cotton poplin for the elasticity (in shirts or dresses). You can take a “crepe” weave for the softness and it is crease-resistant! Very practical for those who have an iron phobia… Tulle is also more and more in polyester because it is cheap but it is itchy! Last interesting fabric…you can find “narrow” fabrics (that are often sold as neoprene but it is not true) that are woven fabrics (canvas or knitted) stuck together so that the material is rigid and full (it is very nice for skirts and structured dresses).

You see that even if it is non-natural, this fiber has advantages. Let’s sew!

Laure

 

Translated by Coralie Clair
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