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It happens sometimes that the fabric is unevenly pulled when made or printed and so it ends up skewed, if you cut it at the ends on straight grain you don’t get a rectangle and if you cut a rectangle you don’t get straight grain… i refuse to believe only I am this lucky so pls let’s discuss what’s the thing to do, how to place the patterns in this situation so that the stiched garment is not skewed itself!


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    Jul 31, 2010, 04.12 PMby mlssfshn

    Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do, but hope it’s not off to bad. Most of the time I follow the print because if it’s off, it’s more noticeable than if the grain is off.

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      Jul 31, 2010, 04.26 PMby magdamagda

      if there’s a geometrical print yep it’s tough coz it’s noticeable if you insist to cut on “straight grain”.. you are luckier if they are just some flowers:)) … i use to make a rectangle and place the patterns parallel to its edges and it seems to work… when buying fabric if the cutting edge has lots of threads coming out in one direction it means this problem is most likely to occur…. i just don’t want to stop at that :D

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      Jul 31, 2010, 07.29 PMby mlssfshn

      Just because there’s a lot of threads coming off the bolt don’t assume it’s off grain, especially if your shopping a chain store. The bolt might not have been rolled straight…..ect.

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      Jul 31, 2010, 07.58 PMby magdamagda

      yes, i agree, there may be another problem, but if threads come out and still corners seem to have a right angle and/or if folded in 2 along the long side the edges cut on straight grain don’t get juxtaposed – then this is the problem

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    Aug 1, 2010, 10.51 AMby josephina

    Some of the vintage patterns I have recommend taking hold of the fabric and giving several sharp pulls in the direction of each bias to ‘re-align the grain’ after washing. I tried this with one fabric I had that was completely off grain and it seemed to help. It wasn’t an obviously geometric pattern though and I’m not sure that it solves the problem entirely for those fabrics.

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      Aug 1, 2010, 11.13 AMby magdamagda

      thanks, I will try that myself next time i come across this problem! :)

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      Aug 2, 2010, 09.47 PMby sewingqueen-1

      When I was a little girl, I would help my Grandmother straighten the grain of the bed sheets using this technique. She would stand at one corner of the sheet and I would stand diagonally across from her with the other (diagonal) corner. We would pull and wiggle the sheet until it was back “on grain”.

      I’ve used this technique when I have fabric that is off grain. Unfortunately, it works best if the fabric is damp, but even doing it dry seems to help somewhat.
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    Aug 2, 2010, 05.26 PMby miss-elisabeth

    This happens to me a lot when I buy full bolts of Roclon muslin. I try hard to get to the store when they have a full stock (and when I have a coupon!) and test the full bolts that aren’t wrapped up in plastic – unroll 2 yards worth, hold it up to the light, examine in the selvages. If it looks wonky, I try another one.

    I’ve had this problem on silks and other fabrics . . . often, plaid ones. It’s a pain in the neck, but usually you can work around it.

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