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Thread: Stiff Fabric?

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    Member QuiltinCats's Avatar
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    I ordered online extra wide fabric for backing, borders, binding and applique work. The online store has always shipped 100% cotton, but this backing is very stiff. If I had seen this in a store, I would not have bought it. I have washed it once with hopes the fabric would soften up so there is no returning it now.

    Did I get 100% cotton? Why is it so stiff?

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    sounds like drapery fabric

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    It may have a lot of sizing in it, and may need to be washed a couple of times. If you are really wondering about the fabric content, you can do a burn test.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-136034-1.htm

    I always starch my fabric really stiff before I cut.

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    i love stiff fabric and heavier fabric...i use it so much its hard for me to handle the other light weight cottons.

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    Can you call, ask if the fabric is 100% cotton, give the catalouge number

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    It may have a lot of sizing in it, and may need to be washed a couple of times. If you are really wondering about the fabric content, you can do a burn test.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-136034-1.htm

    I always starch my fabric really stiff before I cut.
    Oh no! I will keep that in mind when I start ironing the fabric. I am going to wash it a couple of more times to see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissSandra
    i love stiff fabric and heavier fabric...i use it so much its hard for me to handle the other light weight cottons.
    Maybe that is part of my problem. I don't usually use stiff fabric. I am a big Batik fan. Soft, pliable, and easily forgives a crease.

    I will give this fabric a try. Who knows...maybe I will like it after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    sounds like drapery fabric
    oh, I hope not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmabby
    Can you call, ask if the fabric is 100% cotton, give the catalouge number
    I'm in a bad reception area for our phone service (campground), but I can send an email! :thumbup:

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    Thanks for your quick responses!

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