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Sandra Betzina teaches you to recognize the selvage edge and the grainline of a fabric.  Knowing where the grainline is can be the first step in successful pattern placement.

 
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Pay attention to reading what the fabric suggestion is on the back of the pattern.

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Know the difference between a knit and a woven: a woven does not have stretch and a knit does.

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The selvage edge is the finished edge.

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The cut edge is the edge that has been cut in the fabric store.

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On wovens, it’s always a good idea to straighten the cut edge by ripping it.

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Usually, you will cut out fabric with selvages together.

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Find the pattern piece that has the marked the grain line and put it on the fabric.

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The grain line must always be parallel to the selvage.

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For more information, read Sandra ’s article, "Cutting Out"
beba172 years ago
very nice thnxs u explained it way better than in my books =)