Most of the fabric produced to make clothing with sewing machines have a right side that shows on the outside and a wrong side that stays hidden on the inside. Some fabric, like double cloth and double face fabric, have two right sides. That makes them ideal for creating reversible items as well as garments with a more finished layer on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-DX7.
It is important to know that these two types of fabric are not the same. In order to use them properly, you need to know what double cloth and double face fabrics actually are and their purpose.
What Is Double Cloth Fabric?
Double cloth fabric is a type of two face fabric constructed during the weaving process by threading two complete layers of fabric together. The wrong sides are to the inside and the right faces to the outside, giving the fabric two right sides. Because it is made from two layers of fabric, double cloth is thicker and heavier than standard fabric and behaves differently when sewn with sewing machines.
It can also be pulled apart since it is made from two complete layers. Double cloth fabric can be made with two layers of the same fabric or different fabrics.
What Is Double Face Fabric?
Double face or two face fabric is a single layer of fabric that is woven in such a way that it has two finished sides. Whether the two right faces look the same or the fabric has a pattern that appears inversely on the other side, the main quality of this fabric is that it is appropriate to have either side showing.
Since double face fabric has only one layer, it behaves like any other similar cut of fabric when used to make things on a machine like the Juki HZL-DX7. Additionally, the faces of this fabric cannot be separated like double cloth fabric.
Use Double Cloth or Double Face Fabric?
Now that you know the difference between double cloth and double face fabrics, what can you make with them? Although they both allow you to sew items on Juki sewing machines with two right sides, each is more appropriate for different uses.
Double cloth fabrics are great when you’re making clothing and want a finished inner lining without the bulk of adding another separate layer. Since it’s thicker and sturdier yet well fused together, double cloth is great for jackets, suits, and any garment where you want the visible parts of the inside to look just as finished as the exterior.
Double face fabric is like double cloth fabric except it can be used for a wider variety of items since it’s lighter weight. Another benefit is the greater selection of double face fabric available in various fibers, colors, and patterns. Single layer fabric also lays more naturally than double layer fabric. The most challenging part of using double face over double cloth is the edges require a different type of finishing since there are two different looking sides of the fabric.
The next time you’re using sewing machines to make a reversible item or one that needs a lining or a finished interior, consider using double cloth or double face fabric and skip the entire step of cutting out and sewing in a liner. Double cloth and double face fabric offer many options to make items with Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-DX7 at home, yet still get that professional factory produced inside finish!