Pique Fabric – A Ribbed Fabric Member Of The Cotton Family

Pique fabric is a member of the cotton family with distinctive raised ribbing. Due to the raised ribbing, pique has more body and stiffness than normal cotton, and as a result is considered a medium weight cotton. Pique is handled according to the characteristics of ribbed fabrics.

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Fabric Characteristics:

• Much weaker than fabrics without ribs

• May require a nap layout

• Some are easily marred by pins, needles or ripping

• Susceptible to seam slippage

• Puckered seams are sometimes a problem

• Some creep badly when stitched

• Some are damaged during pressing

• May waterspot and show perspiration stains

Working With These Fabrics Requires:

• Sewing machine needles recommended 80/12

• Hand sewing needles sizes 5-10

• Sewing machine settings recommended is a stitch length of 2.5 mm

• Sewing machine foot recommended is the standard foot

• Thread recommended is good quality cotton or polyester

• Layout is without nap, double thickness

• Marking recommended is with Clo-Chalk or tracing wheel

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

• Seams and hems recommended are plain, double-ply, self-finished, piped, tucked, slot seams, and hems that are plain, hand double-stitched, hand blindstitched, blind catchstitched, catchstitched,

• Seam finishes recommended are flat fell, straight seam, each side of seam serged separately

• Hem finishes recommended are serged, hand stitched or topstitched with double needle

• Pressing with steam iron on cotton setting

• Closures recommended are buttonholes, snaps and button loops

These Fabrics Are Suitable For:

Pique is suitable for vests, jackets, fitted blouses, and bath robes.

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

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

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