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The Fabric Maverick says... Fall is coming and flannel cannot be far behind!

September 3, 2008

Why is it that on the day after Labor Day, daybreak seems to take longer to arrive? Is God signaling that summer is almost over? The feel of the air is even different. This is the time of the year that we start thinking about falling leaves, cool, crisp days, making soup and high school/college football. The fabric of choice will be flannel so I have searched our customers' tips and researched magazines to find the best tips to work with that oh-so-soft flannel.

1. Prewash flannel at least twice. Flannel is loosely woven and can shrink quite a bit,

2. Use magic sizing or Best Press to restore the body to flannel for ease of cutting.

3. Flannel will stretch. Use a walking foot to control the stretch.

4. Change needles often. Flannel will dull needles quickly,

5. Use a 1/2'' seam instead of 1/4" seam if making a quilt. Flannel will fray easily.

6. Machine quilt your quilt or tie it. Hand quilting is too difficult on flannel.

7. Use a thin batting for the inner layer. This will reduce bulk. Warm and Natural is perfect for flannel quilts.

8. Choose a simple block such as a nine-patch, four-patch, etc. for a quilt.

Flannel can be wonderfully soft and will wear well if you use these tips. This might be a good time to make a cozy flannel shirt for cool days or a snuggly blanket fo cover up with while watching those football games. Pass the cocoa, please.

P.S. If you have any tips you would like to share with the Fabric Maverick we will happily share them with our readers. Posse, if you have any ideas you would like us to write about, please let me know. You can respond to this blog or write to Fabric Maverick at fabricmaverick@fabric.com.

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Do you have any hints about finding high quality flannels and brushed cottons? Some of the RTW flannel garments I have seem to have more finely woven flannel than I can find in stores. I'd love to see thread count information about fabric.com's selection.

Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbour were preparing to do some research about that. We got a good book on that matter from our local library and most books where not as influensive as your information. I am very glad to see such information which I was searching for a long time.This made very glad Smile

I, to would like to find out the quality of flannel. As flannel comes in lighter and heavier weights. I prefer the heavier weight if I could find it.

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