Satin Fabric – The Family Of Elegant Special Occasion Fabrics

Satin Fabric is one of the first fabrics that we think of for the special occasions in our lives such as weddings, proms, and anniversaries. Satin fabric is constitutes its own family. Satin is a distinctive high shine fabric with a very luxurious, smooth looking surface, created using the satin weave.

Members of the Satin family of fabrics have names such as antique, barconet, Canton, cire, panne, sateen, skinner, and slipper, just to name a few.

Black Satin Fabric Brown Satin Fabric Lemon Yellow Satin Fabric Pink Satin Fabric White Satin Fabric

Fabric Characteristics:

• Are very shiny on one side and dull on the other side

• Satins snag easily

• Are easily marred by pins, needles, ripping, rough sewing surfaces

• Some ravel badly

• Some are very slippery

• Puckered seams are frequently a problem

• Easily damaged by improper pressing

• Are susceptible to seam slippage

• Some are easily damaged by folding

• Are difficult to ease

• Some water spot, and many will show perspiration

Working With These Fabrics Requires:

• Sewing machine needles recommended are sizes 60/8-80/12 sharps and universals depending on the fabric weight

• Hand sewing needles should be sizes 8-10

• Sewing machine settings recommended are a stitch length of 2-2.5 mm

• Sewing machine feet recommended are the wide straight-stitch foot and the roller foot

• Thread should be all-purpose cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend; for serging woolly nylon is recommended; for hand sewing silk, and basting cotton are recommended

• Tools and equipment recommended are sharp scissors, sharp shears, pins, fabric weights, and stabilizers

• Layout should be with nap, double-layer, right sides together

• Marking tools recommended are all types except wax and temporary marking pens

• Seams recommended are plain, double-ply, self-finished, tissue-stitched and appliqué

• Hems recommended are plain, hand double-stitched, hand blindstitched, blind catchstitched, catchstitched, faced, lace, narrow hems and interfaced

• Seam and hem finishes recommended are pinked, pinked and stitched, zigzag, multi-stitch zigzag and serged

• Edge finishes recommended are self-fabric facings, bias facings, lining fabric facings, bias bindings, and lace

• Interfacings recommended are sew-ins

• Closures recommended buttons and buttonholes, buttons and loops, thread loops, snaps, light weight zippers, invisible zippers, and covered snaps

These Fabrics Are Suitable For:

Satin fabric is suitable for elegant special occasion garments such as wedding gowns, prom dresses, evening gowns, coats, cocktail dresses, jackets, blouses, lingerie, negligees, sleepwear, ballet, and garment linings. They are also used for bedding such as sheets, and for interior furnishings and 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

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