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Posted on: 1/14/12 2:21 PM
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I was reading a classified, and realized that many people do not know a simple way to tell a natural fiber from a synthetic /blend.


Cut a small sample.I like it to be a wedge about about
1 1/2 "X 1/2"

Put the wide end into a pear of tweezers.

Hold it over a fire safe area. (I us the top of the freezer)

Light the thin part of the fabric, and let it burn for a short time.

Extinguish.

If it is a natural fiber..silk,cotton,wool.rayon, linen.
you will only have ash. If there is synthetic in it, it will have a ball or lump in the burnt remains.

You can, with time and practice, tell the content by the burn and the smell and the smoke, but I am not qualified to explain that.

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Cross stitch said... (4/20/12 5:58 PM) Reply
All good advice until the last paragraph: "...tell the content by the burn and the smell". We'd all be well-advised to avoid smelling the fumes of burning synthetics. The crusty residue is proof enough for me that I am dealing with a synthetic component.
Merry G said... (1/15/12 12:44 PM) Reply
just what I needed tks
golden star said... (1/15/12 10:44 AM) Reply
Thanks for this!
 
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