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Thread: I have Heard of the Burn Test. What fabric do you have?

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    Super Member CAS49OR's Avatar
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    I have Heard of the Burn Test. What fabric do you have?

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    I have used the burn test a few times.
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    I use a match to burn a small piece of fabric inside an aluminum pie plate. If the residue is hard, then it is synthetic. If it is ashy, it is organic. Once I bought some gorgeous fabric in a clear plastic bag at a garage sale. When I pulled it out, it looked like a silky polyester. I used the burn test and it turned out to be silk! It had a cute lime green/pink daises and I made a short nightshirt and a matching robe. It washes and dries like a dream. Great for traveling, too.

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    I learned this in 4H years ago. I use it when I want to know if garage sale fabric is cotton or part polyester.

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    I read that yesterday on the site and thought why haven't I done this before .. Thanks for sharing ..
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    I have been doing this for a long time, because a lot of the fabric of my DM's is poly-cotton blend and other fibers. She made clothing all her life. I inherited a lot of fabric that I will probably not use....haven't decided if I want to go back to garment sewing.

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    Great link, thank you! Saving that one in favorites. I've tried the test, but still wasn't sure what some fabrics were. This gives real specifics.

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    Thanks for the heads up on this. Printing it and putting it in my notebook.

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    I had never heard of this. Thanks for the link! I have several mystery fabrics that I need to try this on.

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    Did that in college years ago. I think it was part of an exam to identify fabrics.

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