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Thread: Does fabric REALLY sing to you????

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    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
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    Hmmm....I found this online:

    Are you unsure which is the lengthwise and the
    crosswise grain of the fabric?

    The way to tell is to let the fabric SING to you.
    Here's how:
    Place one edge of the fabric in each hand with some slack in the fabric.
    Pull the fabric taught
    It will make a sound.
    Listen to the pitch of that sound
    Now repeat in the other direction
    You will notice a difference in the pitch of the sound
    The HIGHER Pitch is the lengthwise grain
    The LOWER Pitch is the crosswise grain.

    Patsy Shields from Sulky of America

    So, what do you guys think? I tried it, and I couldn't tell any difference.

    You should have seen me, trying this, LOL! My son's gf walked by, and just asked what I was doing, and I said listening for the pitch, and she just shook her head and walked off, LOL!

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    Keep trying. Kick everybody out of the house and try it.
    You will hear it. Promise :-D

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    Not everyone can discern minor differences in pitch easily. My problem would be remembering which pitch is which direction!

    I think it's easier to test the stretch of the grain. Lengthwise grain is more stable than crosswise; the stretchier grain is crosswise. Not sure why I can always remember that! Maybe because borders typically require long strips and I can remember that borders are most stable cut along the long edge of the fabric....

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Keep trying. Kick everybody out of the house and try it.
    You will hear it. Promise :-D
    Really? For a minute, I thought it might have been a joke, LOL!

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    Too funny ... I've got to try this ... can't you see us in LQS around the country waiting to see if our fabric sings to us!

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    The next time I see Patsy I will have to ask her to show me this. I thought I knew a lot about fabric, this is a new one to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by stefanib123
    Hmmm....I found this online:

    Are you unsure which is the lengthwise and the
    crosswise grain of the fabric?

    The way to tell is to let the fabric SING to you.
    Here's how:
    Place one edge of the fabric in each hand with some slack in the fabric.
    Pull the fabric taught
    It will make a sound.
    Listen to the pitch of that sound
    Now repeat in the other direction
    You will notice a difference in the pitch of the sound
    The HIGHER Pitch is the lengthwise grain
    The LOWER Pitch is the crosswise grain.

    Patsy Shields from Sulky of America

    So, what do you guys think? I tried it, and I couldn't tell any difference.

    You should have seen me, trying this, LOL! My son's gf walked by, and just asked what I was doing, and I said listening for the pitch, and she just shook her head and walked off, LOL!

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    Yes it sings to me....sometimes opera!! :D

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    I have never tried that. I don't know if fabric can sing but I know it can call to me across the fabric store. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    Yes it sings to me....sometimes opera!! :D
    Ditter, you are so funny! LOL!

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    If it did, I wouldn"t hear it!

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