Fabric Identification?

Berea, OH(Zone 5b)

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

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Berea, OH(Zone 5b)

You are an angel, thanks so much....

This message was edited Jan 18, 2009 8:57 PM

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Great information to know. I sometimes (not as much as I used to) get mine mixed together.

Cliff Dweller, WA(Zone 8b)

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

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

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!

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

Boise, ID

helloo . . Im new to this forum. I like to quilt when I have time.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Welcome zeke47.
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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Welcome zeke47. Nice to meet you!!

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