Fabric is fabric, no matter how you cut it, right? Well, when you are working with sewing machines, this is not always true. As a matter of fact, most fabric has a right side and a wrong side. Many times this may be obvious; however, sometimes it can be difficult to tell. Before you begin any new project using Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL DX5, be sure that you know which is the right side of your fabric.
Fabric Face, or Right and Wrong Sides
The face of any fabric is the right or front side, which is generally the side that you want to be seen once you have completed your project. The wrong side is the back side of the fabric, usually the side that remains hidden as it faces toward the inside of the project. It is important to identify the right side so any project made on sewing machines turns out the way that was intended.
Stitching usually occurs on the wrong side, with the right side turned in. Many patterns even call for you to make marks on the wrong side or cut out pattern pieces while the right side is folded in and protected.
Identifying the Right and Wrong Sides of Fabric
Before you start a project on your Juki HZL DX5, read the following tips to determine the right and wrong sides of the fabric in case they must be handled differently as you go along:
- Printed Patterns - Finding the right side of your fabric is easy to do with fabric that has a printed pattern. If this is the case, the pattern is visible on the right or front face of the fabric; while the wrong or back of the fabric is left unprinted. The back of the fabric may show some of the pattern as bleed-through, but not as clearly and brightly as the front. It is usually obvious which is the right side with printed fabric.
- Patterns Applied in Other Ways - Finding the right side may be more challenging on certain fabrics like batiks, dyed fabrics, some woven fabrics, some meshes, and other fabric. When using these type of fabric for projects made with Juki sewing machines, you can find the right side by cutting a small swatch and testing it. Hold the upper left and lower right corner of the swatch and stretch it diagonally. If the upper right corner curls under, the right face of the fabric is currently turned up. If the upper right corner curls upward, you are looking at the wrong side.
When Fabric Face Does Not Matter
Sometimes the fabric appears the same on both sides and you do not need to be concerned with which is the right or wrong face. If you are using solid fabric that looks the same on both sides or many sheers or meshes, either side can be used. As long as the fabric looks good on both sides and does not have stitching or other finishing that suggests using one side over the other, you can use whichever side seems right.
You put a lot of time and effort into the projects sewn on your Juki HZL DX5. For the best results, pay attention to small details like fabric face and how to tell which is the right and wrong side. Being aware of these things allows projects sewn at home on personal sewing machines like Juki sewing machines to look as good, or better than a factory made item!