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Thread: Flannel Q's

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    Senior Member ChaiQuilter's Avatar
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    I'm working with cotton flannel for the first time. Do I press with steam? No steam and high temp? Or use low temp? Also, what needle is best for machine sewing? Anything else I should know?
    Thanks!! :)

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    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
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    you can press with anything you want- the only thing to really keep in mind with flannels are- they are a looser weave than the fabrics you are *used to* and will shrink more because of the looser weave- so pre-washing is recommended.
    other than that- you can starch them to help with cutting-
    you should use a new sharp needle-
    i usually use a wider seam (1/2") because they fray more than regular cottons (again because of the looser weave)
    they make wonderful, fluffy, soft, cozy quilts! i love working with flannels!

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    Senior Member ChaiQuilter's Avatar
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    Wow - thanks for all that info :lol:

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    Measure, wash, dry re measure. Repeat till it stops shrinking. I had one Piece I washed four times. Really soft and cuddly though!

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    I haven't sewn much with flannel but I have read that starching the dickens out of it really helps with the loose weave issue.

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