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soak your linen


Before sewing linen fabric, you should ”treat” it to fix any irregularities in the grain and prevent it from shrinking when you  apply a steam iron or launder it. Soak linen for an hour in water, then run it through the washing machine on gentle. Afterward, hang the fabric up to dry dripping by its selvedge side.  When it is nearly dry, iron it with a dry iron on the wrong side.

(Text in part by AKIKO MANO, written in LINEN, WOOL, COTTON. )

*** i do love picking out new linens for home sewing.                      linen teatowels in the kitchen are the best.                                       linens with herb prints chosen for a cooking apron.                           apple linens chosen to back my spiderweb quilt. ***

What’s your favorite use of linen?



8 thoughts on “soak your linen

  1. I love your fabric. Can’t wait to see what the finished article looks like. I can’t remember the last time I sewed linen. Just cotton. Amazing how some fabrics shrink more than others.


    Posted by Cheryl | September 9, 2011, 9:32 am
    • i know! … i’ll never forget my sorrow a few years back, i had purchased 1 yard of linen pirate fabric to make my son a messenger bag with. I wish i’d known to soak and gentle wash etc. It shrunk massively. I was so so sad!


      Posted by ohangelina | September 9, 2011, 9:40 am
  2. Great advice! Thanks Angelina ღ


    Posted by Hinterland Mama ~ Aleta ღ | September 9, 2011, 10:27 am
  3. I love linen too and ive also had it shrink after its first wash which was a bit sad. I look forward to seing your finished projects


    Posted by karen | September 9, 2011, 12:59 pm
  4. I love linen for everything.


    Posted by crooked little house | September 9, 2011, 2:46 pm
  5. i LOVE linen too and have that very same book! i can’t wait to see what you’ll make :)


    Posted by Lori | September 9, 2011, 3:35 pm
  6. too right! and i never soak it, and more fool me…
    fancy pieces of linen you have there!
    handy mama, i wonder what you’ll come up with!!


    Posted by woolf | September 10, 2011, 4:23 am
  7. Even though I always soak new linen teatowels overnight before first using them as I know it makes the fibre swell and therefore increase absorbency, I’ve never thought to do so something similar with fabric. Thank you!


    Posted by Vera @ Small Things Simple Pleasures | October 16, 2011, 9:33 am

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