I faced my first fabric challenge sewing a waffle cloth robe for my mom. I used her trusty old Bernina, and the many layers of thick knit fabric fought me like a wild beast. I stuffed it under the presser foot, plugging my ears to avoid the crunching noise the needle made. Only after arming myself with a walking foot and some stabilizer did the machine quiet down.
Sometimes, fabric can be a monster. Fluffy, stretchy, thick, or sheer, without a little bit of background about the fabric you’re using, it’s easy to feel defeated.
We’re celebrating eyelet in the shop right now. It’s such a great fabric for making a statement, but working with eyelet can be tricky unless you have the right information.
(If you’re looking for the right information, Katie answers all your eyelet questions here!)
I’m wondering, have you come across a fabric that made you shake in your boots a little? Share your scary fabric experiences below, so we can all be prepared for our next project!
* What is the most challenging fabric you’ve sewn?
* How did you make peace with a finicky fabric?
* Has a fabric ever defeated you entirely?