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Date: 3/25/13 0:41 AM

Joanns has an aisle of fabrics they call "silky" fabrics. I know they are mostly polyesters or blends, but what I am trying to figure out is what you would call that kind of fabric elsewhere, for example, if I were shopping online. Are they versions of charmeuse? Crepe de chine? Even when they are not silk? In other words, what's a "silky" if you are not at Joanns?

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Subject: so whats a silky Date: 3/25/13 7:57 AM

Silky is an "abomination". (IMNSHO.) It is a terrible fabric to sew with, and I can't fathom why Joann has so much of it, aside from the availability of prints....

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Date: 3/25/13 8:14 AM

It's usually called "polyester"' a more accurate name. Chains figure "silky" will sell more than "poly".

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Date: 3/25/13 8:58 AM

If you were looking for them elsewhere, you can look for charmeuse.

They're hard to sew with, and slither all over the place, and melt when your iron is too hot.

On the plus side, they do come in brilliant prints and are inexpensive, I often use them for linings.

Lots of people don't like poly because its poly, but you can find high and low quality in all fabrics.

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Date: 3/25/13 8:58 AM

LOL. Yeah, I know. I was trying to figure out what you would call good fabric with that kind of weave or drape. For example, I couldn't just buy "silk" without knowing what kind of weave had what kind of drape and texture. I think I will probably have to get some swatches of fabrics labeled crepe, charmeuse, etc to get an idea.

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Date: 3/25/13 11:52 PM

I looked up this "silky" on Joann's website and it has a look of silk charmeuse or silk satin. How heavy do you need a fabric? Charmeuse is pretty light , 18mm. Satins are heavier - up to 40mm as far as I know. 40 mm is a good weight... but some online stores do not mention the weight at all...

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Date: 3/26/13 2:11 AM

This is a newbie question, but what does the mm stand for when talking about fabric weight. That's millimeters in my world, which clearly isn't right!

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Date: 3/26/13 2:29 AM

Mommes....pure silk density measurement.

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Date: 3/26/13 2:54 AM

One of my favorites from J's "silky" are the Cloud 9 and Silk Essence -- both 100% poly but lightweight and float as a skirt - but being poly they will be more for fall than a hot summer. They are more challenging to sew with so many beginners don't like them - that said if you know how to sew them, they are Fab! to wear

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Date: 3/26/13 12:03 PM

I agree that better quality poly silks are can be lovely to wear. But I wouldn't enjoy sewing with them, and I'm not a beginner.

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