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Thread: Using Flannel

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    Have you found that flannel stretches more than cotton? I am making a flannel quilt(Warm Wishes pattern), mostly because I have quite a bit of flannel and I don't have to spend any money. I find that I can trim a square several times and it can still be wonky. I don't have problems sewing it, I just wondered if you have noticed the same thing.

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    never though about flannel stretching...I will have to experiment...

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    I've never noticed it but I've used big pieces. Did you try searching for it on the board? Interesting question.

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    It definately stretches more than plain cotton.

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    I have not had any problems with stretching but...I will from now on pre wash it...it shrinks alot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Have you found that flannel stretches more than cotton? I am making a flannel quilt(Warm Wishes pattern), mostly because I have quite a bit of flannel and I don't have to spend any money. I find that I can trim a square several times and it can still be wonky. I don't have problems sewing it, I just wondered if you have noticed the same thing.
    I read a post a few days ago (maybe a week) that someone was having this problem & was told to starch heavily before cutting. I haven't pieced flannel yet, but I know it does stretch.

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    Yes the only thing I ever prewash is flannel as it shrinks so much...you need to iron, starch and be careful cutting and putting your pieces together (not manipulating a lot) and you should do fine. It is not one of my favorite fabrics to work with but I do when necessary.

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    Flannel seems to get wonky on me, too, unless I starch it stiff. But, I love starch. Not everyone does.

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    It does stretch. And shrinks a lot. I wash and dry several times before using. I don't starch but use a lot of pins.

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    Thanks for the responses. I just had never noticed it before, and I was curious.

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