Starting at the selvedges, take a very steamy iron to your fabric and work your way down. The steam will loosen & relax the threads, making them more likely to go where you need them to go.
Work the fabric with your iron until it lies flat. This may be a battle, but you will WIN!

*If working with a patterned fabric, keep in mind that perfectly aligning your fabric doesn't necessarily mean a perfectly aligned print. (See photo.) People make mistakes, and fabric can be printed not exactly in alignment with the fabric's grain. I have thrown away what I thought was good quality fabric because this drove me batty.

* *For fabrics that don't appreciate an aggressive, steamy iron (wool, silk), use the bias-stretching method.
This method is faster for me and appropriate for the fabrics I usually work with.

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    May 20, 2010, 05.59 PMby emily-marie

    Oh! I am sorry, I read that over again and it definitely WAS confusing! I was just referencing a method of grain alignment that doesn’t use an iron, in which you pull the fabric with your hands on the bias to straighten it out. There’s a diagram of this on the top of the 2nd page (page 10) here:

    In the last sentence of this step “This method is faster for me…” I was talking about the ironing method outlined in the tutorial. Certainly my favorite! Again, I am sorry for the confusion!

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    May 20, 2010, 01.56 AMby catherinemary

    I love your advice on getting the grain straight and tracked along unitl I got to the bias stretching method of ironing. What is this please?

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