Herringbone Fabric – A Fabric With A Very Distinctive Design

Herringbone fabric is a distinctive fabric with a design resembling the bones of a herring fish. The herringbone fabric is a member of the wool family and is considered part of the wool tweeds with characteristics of textured woolens. The fabric can also be made of cotton. The fabric also has a distinctive coloration, alternating at least two colors within the pattern, and is a very popular fabric for suits and outerwear. The pattern is also often referred to as the chevron pattern.

Herringbone Fabric

Fabric Characteristics:

• Firmly woven and easy to sew

• Has broken twill

• Has a zigzag pattern slanting in alternate directions

• Has a spongy feel

• Has a nap

Working With These Fabrics Requires:

• Sewing machine needles should be 70/10-90/14 sharps and universals depending on the fabric weight

• Hand sewing needles recommended are sizes 5-7

• Sewing machine settings should be a stitch length of 2-3 mm with tension and presser foot pressure adjusted as needed

• Sewing machine feet recommended are the wide straight stitch, zig-zag, roller or even feed foot

• Thread recommended should be all-purpose cotton, polyester, and cotton/polyester blend; for basting silk size A or soft cotton; for top stitching all-purpose top stitching thread or silk size D

• Layout should be for nap, double layer, right sides together, for heavy tweeds single layer, right sides up

• Tools and equipment recommended are sharp scissors, sharp shears, rotary cutter and mat, pins, small safety pins, point turner, and stabilizers

• Interfacings recommended are fusible or sew-in hair canvas or weft-insertion fusible and appropriate sew-ins

• Seams and hems recommended are plain and topstitched for seams and for hems hand and machine blindstitched, catchstitched, double-stitched, for seam and hem finishes, pinked, and serged just to name a few

• Edge finishes recommended are facings (self-fabric, lining fabric, bias), bindings and bands

• Linings are those recommended for outerwear

• Closures recommended are all types

• Pressing should be done carefully to prevent damage to the fabric

These Fabrics Are Suitable For:

These fabrics can be used for suits, coats, sportswear including sports coats, and can be used for upholstery.

For information about the notions, tools, and equipment required to complete a sewing project, click here to view the sewing notions home page

For more information about this family of fabrics some great references are:

Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide

More Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina

To see some interesting uses of the fabrics represented by these swatches, click here to visit the sewing gallery

For more interesting information about herringbone fabric click here on Wikipedia.org

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