Available in many styles and types, it's important that you know some about it and how to best work with this great fabric.
Before you head out and start buying patterns and fabric to stitch with your sewing machine, read this little primer so you’re prepared to use this unique fabric.
Why Is Wool Fabric So Great?
Wool is an amazing fiber that has been used for weaving into fabric for thousands of years because of its many useful qualities.
Not only is this natural fiber warm and long-lasting, it’s also moisture-wicking, flame-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, and hypoallergenic.
It is processed and woven using many different methods to produce wool fabric in a variety of grades and textures suitable for all sorts of clothing and other items.
Essentially, there is a wool out there that’s perfect for almost any garment you might want to sew, although choosing the right weave or style for your pattern is the trick.
Many Types of Wool Fabric
Because there is so much variety in the wool fabrics available today, it’s important that you realize they won’t all perform the same when used in the projects you sew with your sewing machine.
Some wools such as flannel, tweed, and crepe are very easy to work with and care for and make great options for fuss-free projects, especially if you’re still learning how to sew or make garments.
Other wool fabrics such as herringbone, challis, and sateen can be more challenging to work with due to the finish, patterns, and other details.
Getting great results sewing wool with your Janome DC2019 depends on using a weight and weave of wool that’s appropriate for the project and comfortable for you to work with.
Tips for Sewing Wool Fabric
In its various weaves and weights, wool is a great fabric to use for skirts, pants, coats, jackets, and more.
It does not unravel at the edges when it’s cut, so it makes strong seams and has very little stretch to it; so the garments you sew with your sewing machine won’t warp out of shape during wearing or cleaning.
On the other hand, wool can also make bulky seams making it important that you minimize the bulkiness.
You’ll need to use flat seam finishes and grade the seam allowance to reduce bulk or open the seam allowance and top-stitch it to lay flatter.
Because wool can be easily damaged by a hot iron, so take care when pressing it.
Press from the wrong side if you can or at least always press the right side using a pressing cloth.
Don’t Be Intimidated By Wool
Some sewists are intimidated working with wool because it can be a little different than other more popular fabrics used to sew garments on domestic machines like the Janome DC2019.
In reality, there’s nothing to worry about as long as you choose the right wool for the project and stick to a solid color or simpler pattern before jumping into complicated tweeds and herringbone.
Once you realize how many beautiful wool fabrics there are to work with, you won’t want to move away from your Juki sewing machine!