Acrylic Fabric – The Synthetic Fiber Wool and Cotton Substitute

Acrylic fabric is made from acrylic fiber as a wool substitute, and now a cotton substitute. Acrylic was introduced to the market in 1950. Acrylic fabric is soft and warm without being bulky, and can be knitted or woven. Acrylic is also considered a luxurious fabric since it simulates wool.

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Fabric Characteristics:

• Comfortable to wear

• Low moisture absorbency

• These fabrics quickly dull needles and scissors

• Skipped stitches and puckered are frequently a problem

• Easily damaged by hot irons, steam, spinning in the washing machine, and hot dryers

• Some shrink badly

• Can pill

• Holds static electricity

• Can absorb and hold dust, smoke, pet hair and thus require frequent washing

• Can absorb and hold perspiration odors

Working With These Fabrics Requires:

• Sewing machine needles recommended are sizes 70/10-80/12 universals, sharps and stretch needles depending on the fabric weight

• Hand sewing needle sizes recommended are 5-10

• Sewing machine settings recommended are 2-2.5 mm

• Thread recommended is all-purpose polyester, cotton/polyester blend and for topstitching all-purpose, machine embroidery and topstitching thread

• Knit acrylics should have a nap layout and woven acrylics should have a single layer layout when matching fabrics

• Tools and equipment recommended are sharp scissors, sharp shears, rotary cutter and mat, pins, and stabilizers

• Marking tools recommended are all types except wax

• Seams and hems depend on the fabric weight, garment type, garment structure and care

• Seam and hem finishes all types are recommended

• Edge finishes recommended are facings, bindings, bands, casings and ribbings

• Interfacings, linings, and underlings recommended are dependent on the fabric weight, garment type, garment structure and care

• Closures recommended are machine buttonholes, buttons and loops, decorative snaps and zippers

These Fabrics Are Suitable For:

Acrylics are suitable for dresses, skirts, sportswear, skiwear, night wear, infant’s wear and children’s wear.

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 For more interesting information about Acrylic fabric click here on

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