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Sewing and Quilting: Fabric Identification?

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USAFMA2
Berea, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 18, 2009
8:53 PM

Post #6020706

My stash has so many different kinds, I tend to forget what they are? How can I figure out what something is? I am most interested in fiquring out what is 100% cotton vs poly blend.

This message was edited Jan 18, 2009 4:04 PM
Darlacooper
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2009
10:33 PM

Post #6021043

I'm not 100 % positive but I think if you snip off a small piece and light a match to it, if it turns to ash its cotton, if it just kinda melts into a ball its synthetic. They did a show on this at Simply Quilts so if you went to HGTV and did a search maybe you'll learn more.

Darlacooper
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 18, 2009
10:44 PM

Post #6021086

I went and searched and This is all I found. They have changed their search.

Burn Test: To identify fabric content, burn a corner of a piece of scrap fabric and extinguish it in a bowl of water. Cotton will feather with a light ash as it's burned; poly blend will feel like plastic when it is burned.
USAFMA2
Berea, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 19, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #6021649

You are an angel, thanks so much...

This message was edited Jan 18, 2009 8:57 PM
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2009
4:08 AM

Post #6022478

Great information to know. I sometimes (not as much as I used to) get mine mixed together.
Highmtn
Cliff Dweller, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 19, 2009
6:16 AM

Post #6022718

I use that test often when I'm given fabrics...and it works VERY well!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

January 25, 2009
1:59 PM

Post #6048328

Glad to confirm what I was told. Believe me - after the first time you "practice" your quilting techniques to make a pot holder and it MELTS into a black heap, you REALLY know why 100% is important!
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2009
2:04 PM

Post #6048345

The tear test also works. 100% cotton will tear to the true grain and if it is a blend it won't. That's why some quilt shops will tear the fabric instead of cut. The better the fabric, the better the weave, and the straighter the tear.
zeke47
Boise, ID

February 2, 2009
5:38 AM

Post #6081628

helloo . . Im new to this forum. I like to quilt when I have time.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2009
10:44 AM

Post #6081886

Welcome zeke47.
Consider joining us for a block swap: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/948211/

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2009
12:01 PM

Post #6081984

Welcome zeke47. Nice to meet you!!

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