The weather outside is indeed frightful, so it is time to pull out our cozy PJs and blankets. There is no better time of the year to sew with flannel than in the winter. Not only will it keep you nice and warm, but it is also so comfortable! The problem is that flannel can be tricky to sew with because of the large amount of cotton fibers that are attached to it. Your friends at Sew Vac Direct not only have great sewing machines for sale, but we want you to be happy with your projects! That is why we have come up with these tips for sewing with flannel:

  • Wash before you start your project- Did you know that flannel will typically shrink a lot more than other cotton fabrics? The last thing that you want is to make the perfect flannel shirt that shrinks right after you make it! That is why it is important to pre-wash. Rather than throwing the folded up cloth into the washing machine, make sure that you unwind it completely.
  • Dry it completely on the hottest setting-  You want your fabric to shrink completely before you start your project, so ensure that you always dry your flannel fabric on the hottest possible cotton setting. Keep in mind that this does not mean that you should over-dry your fabric. Over-drying could lead to twisting and deep wrinkles, so keep a close eye on your fabric!

Want to learn more tips on how to sew with flannel? Stay tuned for our next blog!