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Thread: I was given tons of fabric, but many of it I do not know what it is need help

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    My borther gave me a ton of fabric and some is marked and most are not. How do I find out what it made of. I know I have about 50 to 60 rolls of fabric, 100 to 200 on a bolts. Any ideals?

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    You could send it my way and Id be able to help... :mrgreen:
    Just kidding...the ends of the bolts dont say?

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    that is my problem is does not say. Some look like cotton but has a shine to it so I am not sure what it is.

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    You are so lucky. To test what it is, I usually cut a small piece and light a corner of it. If it shreds off, it is a natural fiber, like cotton or wool. If there is any melting - it is polyester.

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    the fire test cotton doesn't melt everything else does. cut a piece and burn a corner if it burns and doesn't melt it is cotton. If it has a little flame but melts or burns and you can feel little hard beads when it goes out it is a fake fiber.

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    thank you, I will try that out. :lol:

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    what is a fake fiber?

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    After I burn the fabric I feel the burn end. If I feel little "beads" I know it is not 100% cotton.

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    The fire test below are accurate and man that must have been like Christmas receiving so many bolts of fabric. You will be sewing long past when the cows come home!

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    Thank you all, I have my work cut out , I am trying log everything he gave me so I will know what I have wish me luck. He is a great brother he gave it to me to help me out. I had Cancer and he wanted me to sell it to help with medical bills. With a brother like that who cares what the doctors says. :lol:

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    I have seen a lot of nice quilts that were made out of cottons and cotton/poly blends. Just make sure that you prewash everything when mixing fabric types. Some people believe in only using cottons, some happily mix all kinds of fabrics... Wall hangings that do not get washed often/or never, they use all kinds of fabrics...
    Be creative with these wonderful gifts from your DB and most of all....
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    Congratulations!
    After awhile, you will start picking up indicators that tell you if it is polyesther, a blend, or 100% cotton.
    I am with Amma ... if I like a color or the fabric fits, I use it no matter what the blend is as long as the weight is similar.
    fake fabric is polyesther (actually a byproduct of oil/gasoline)
    I have found over the years, that I can tell by making a cut what I am working with - - cotton will cut cleanly ... polyesther starts wisping off on the cut edge ... and, if you are still not sure, give the edge of the cut a rub and see what happens next.
    The burn test is the most accurate, I would suppose ... there is also a smell that happens with natural fibers burning ... like hair being burnt, while the other fabrics have an acidic, biting air.
    The small beads from the burning of polyesther comes from the fact that they are oil-based ... it has been said that you could start fire to all the plastic in the world, and it would never disappear, it just shrivels on itself and turns into a ball!
    I love plastic, don't get me wrong ... I have tried to figure out how to create an outdoor oven for melting all the plastic we have into some kind of rock for a retaining wall ... so far, my family thinks I am too crazy to even bother to try to fulfill my latest whim! :?

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    Where are you? I'll be right over.LOL There is a way to find out if it's a 100% cotton, cotton poly blend or wool by burning a small piece of the fabric, unfortunately I don't know where the test is on my computer. Maybe someone else can help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmuchmore
    that is my problem is does not say. Some look like cotton but has a shine to it so I am not sure what it is.
    Some 100% cottons have that shine because they are made with a certain type of process. I call those fabrics "polished cottons", but many people will refer to them as "chintz".

    Thay can still be 100% cotton, so I also recommend the burn test.

    Best of luck to you. If you need some help using up those materials, I'll bet you will find a lot of us here who would be willing tocome over and help you out!

    Odessa

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    I found this site on the web:http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html, it lists all kinds of fabrics

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    That's it, I'm booking the plane tickets right now! lol!

    Whatever fabric it is and whatever you decide to make, I really do hope you get many many hours of enjoyment out of it.

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    I really want to start burning fabric corners to try this out! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    Here is the site that has Fiber Burn Test Chart that I use

    http://www.fiber-images.com

    Congratulations on surviving cancer.

    Have fun and enjoy making those quilts and other projects to help defray your medical costs. Maybe have an auction or raffle for the quilts to help raise the money.


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    I would suggest that as long as you don't mix types of fabrid within a quilt, it should be fine. I have seen lots of poly blend quilts that turn out fine, even poly knits (yuck). It depends on if you want to make a quilt for showmanship or function. There are so many needy folks that would be happy for anything.If you have that much fabric, you could surely find combo's of color that look great together.

    Once I had 4 big black garbage bags full of various knits. I made them into 14 large quilts (similar to a blizzard quilt) to send them to disaster folks (can't remember which disaster it was, but I do remember it was a cold climate. I never saw the faces of those who received them, but I could feel the happiness in my heart. They actually were kinda pretty!

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    What a great brother you have. Have lots of fun with all that fabric.

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    I've found several sites but particularly like the first.

    http://quilting.about.com/od/fabrice.../burn_test.htm
    I like about.com because they have almost everything; at the end of this article are more topics of interest for quilters.

    http://www.lindrix.com/fabcontent.html
    Easily read chart

    http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Thi...ent_guide.html
    this is also in a chart format but I think the last column should have been the first;-)

    http://www.fabrics.net/fabricsr.asp

    http://www.fabriclink.com/University/BurnTest.cfm

    Hope this helps.

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    thank you , you guys are the best !!!

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    I have made a lot of crib quilts - all washable, of course. I wash what ever fabric I find that has a design I like. Then I iron the pieces -if they don't shrink, nor stick to the iron-and look well with only a pass over from the iron, I feel free to use them. I don't worry about what they are made of, only that they will wear and wash well. Many mixtures of materials are better than pure cotton, I find. I do use cotton flannel for backings, as it stays so nice and soft. My great grandchildren love them.

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    great ideal!! :)

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    One way you can tell 100% cotton and cotton-poly mix is to snip a piece and burn it. I usually stand at my sink and hold the fabric with tongs and light it. I put it out with running water. If the piece feels hard and melted looking in the burned area, there is polyester in the fabric. If the burned area is soft and looks like burned paper, then it is 100% polyester. Hope this helps.

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