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From: MaryW
Date: 03-07-2005, 08:50 AM (1 of 7)
This week we will discuss faux suede. Everyone has seen the very nice outfits in the stores made from this fabric. Hubby bought me jacket and pants a few yrs. back. It's a classic design so I can still wear it.

Faux suede has two distinct weights. One is stiffer and firmer, the other is soft and lt. weight. Ultra suede is a faux suede and is found in home dec. projects and used for embellishing clothing. This fabric is totally machine washable which was surprising to me. I just hang to dry and voila, it looks perfect again. No ironing at all. If you do decide to press be careful and use a press cloth. I use an old pillow case.

Who has worked with this fabric and what were your experiences?
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From: plrlegal
Date: 03-07-2005, 10:58 AM (2 of 7)
Faux suede is easy to cut and to sew, however, it is a measure twice, cut once and definitely sew one time fabric. Any frog stitching on faux suede is readily apparent. You also have to make sure that any marking you do is done on the wrong side of the fabric only. The faux suede that I used was also washable. I also have a pants suit that dh bought for me a year ago this past Christmas which is very nice and will probably be in my closet for a few years to come.

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From: SummersEchos
Date: 03-07-2005, 05:28 PM (3 of 7)
Oh the first time I tried to make a skirt for my DD, it was a total mess. I had no problem cutting it out. When I went to sew it the seams came out all wavy. No matter what I did, they looked like the seams on a piece of cheap clothes that you washed and it shrunk. So I just gave up and there it sat, till I got tired of the whole process and packed it away. I haven't thought of that for a couple of years, then read the post and remembered. I still don't know what I did wrong?

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From: mamagoose
Date: 03-08-2005, 07:21 AM (4 of 7)
My first sewing experience with faux suede was a collar on a wool coat, as well as pocket trim on the outside. It was a lighter weight ultra suede in a dark brown. It went well and I wore the coat a season, then took it to the dry cleaners. They called me and said the color was running from the collar and pockets. I told them to go ahead. It came out. Moral of the story, it is washable, so wash it first! I should have also double interfaced the pockets because they droop now. This became worse after the drycleaners. I don't know if the dye is like that in all the faux suedes, but particularly if you are using a contrasting thread, it might be good to set the color in the washing machine before cutting out.
Have a sunny day! :smile:
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-08-2005, 12:20 PM (5 of 7)
I thought drycleaning was a no-no on Ultrasuede???
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From: MaryW
Date: 03-08-2005, 01:24 PM (6 of 7)
You are supposed to lengthen your stitch slightly when sewing faux suede.
Faux suede has no drape or ease so curvy seams won't work.
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From: beachgirl
Date: 03-08-2005, 07:03 PM (7 of 7)
The only faux suede I've ever worked with was with some samples from an interior decorator she gave me. I sewed the samples together & covered a large 3 ring notebook with it. Turned out really nice. Covered the suede with clear vinyl. Didn't want the suede to get dusty or dirty. Never thought to sew clothes with faux suede even though have seen the ready made. Didn't have any trouble sewing it. Don't remember what needle I used as it was done several years ago.
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