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Old 01-28-2018, 08:01 AM
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I bought packs of sqaures sold as “moda 100% cotton from a reputable vendor. The card lists. All the moda numbers to match. Buuuuut some feel like a non-cotton. I ripped one to see if cotton but find myself wondering if maybe can be cotton. Ever bought moda before. Do some of their cottons look like non but really are.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:09 AM
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If you suspect it is polyester, you can try ironing it. Generally polyester has a chemical smell when ironed. But cottons can be woven with a variety of "feels". I am surprised that the fabric doesn't feel the same if they are all from one grouping.
Just as an aside, most brightly colored Kaffe Fassett I have used feels very fine, almost too limp to use with regular cotton.
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:25 AM
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You can also burn a small piece of the fabric. Cotton smells like hay or grass burning and looks like a piece of burned paper. If there is any manmade material, it will burn with a chemical smell and the ashes burn into a small hard lump. The more manmade, the larger/harder the lump in the ashes.
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Old 01-28-2018, 09:10 AM
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Here's a handy burn test chart:
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Old 01-28-2018, 12:17 PM
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Thank you for the help. You all are fantastic! I did a burn test and it IS cotton even though it seems more like “windbreaker” material feel. Thank you.
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Old 01-29-2018, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
Great chart - thank you for the link.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:09 AM
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Yes, thank you for that link! I have it saved to my favorites. I could distinguish between cotton and "not" cotton, but this is much more detailed.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
Thank you so much for this! I have a couple pieces of fabric that I can't tell, one is a lovely Asian fabric that doesn't have anything on the selvedge and I am afraid to use it in a quilt; the other seems to be cotton, but it feels like it is starched even after washing, this last one I picked up in a thrift store, it was so pretty, dark navy blue with small red flowers. that I couldn't resist it. I will try the burn test on these, thanks to you, Paper Princess!
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