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Thread: question about sewing flannel

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    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
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    I just started sewing flannel strips together and have a few questions.Do you do anything different with flannel? Wider seams or different stitch length? How do you press your seams? steam or no steam?
    I know a lot of you sew with flanne, but it's been years since I have.....
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    Senior Member ladygen's Avatar
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    I don't know abot anyone else, or if there are any rules about flannel... but I don't do anything different.

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    Clean your machine often.

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    ditto to b.zang plus I use a slightly wider seam and I press open as flannel is a bulkier fabric. Just be sure and use the same seam allowance all the way thru the project.

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    I don't take any bigger seams, but again do clean your machine a little more often. I have only ever done rag quilts, so can't answer the pressing question, but would love to know the answer. I am getting ready to do a baby quilt in flannel.

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    wash your fabrics first. It will shrink a lot.

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    I use wider seams, as it tends to unravel more. I also use the narrowest zig zag stitch to reinforce them. :D:D:D

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    wash flannels first because they do shrink alot and can distort your finished project if you don't and clean your machine often.
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    A walking foot will help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NauDeeGal
    wash flannels first because they do shrink alot and can distort your finished project if you don't and clean your machine often.
    DeeDee
    I use a larger seam about 3/8. Washing and drying the flannel is the best advice.

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    The only thing I do different with flannel is wash it before I cut. Also, I will not buy cheap flannel. It is thin, stretches terribly when you are sewing and shreds. The flannel I get is from my lqs, The Cutting Edge. I'm not sure what brand, but I made pj's for my oldest grandson (12) that my youngest (5th) grandson (1 1/2) is now wearing. They are a little faded, but have gotten softer with age. There is not one pair that has torn and believe me they have had a lot of use and a lot of washing.

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    I always wash in hot water, and dry in hot dryer to shrink as much as it will before cutting. Due to its propensity to ravel extensively, I use a very narrow zig zig stitch instead of a straight stitch and a slightly larger seam allowance (make sure you take this into account before you cut). I have made PJs about 10 years ago for one Grand daughter that have been passed down to middle sister that youngest one is now wearing....they are softer and slightly faded, but still holding strong.

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    I sew it just like everything else. I do wash it first to shrink it.

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    do wash it first.

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