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Date: 6/27/13 11:42 AM

I want to bang out another muslin of my altered Simplicity 8523 top to see whether my alterations have addressed the fit issues. Unfortunately, the first muslin used up all of my pre-prepared Walmart sale cotton, and now I have had to unfold a new one.

It's off-grain. I made sure with my first length to get it perfectly on grain, but I really don't want to go through all of that again for a muslin that is never intended to be "wearable."

Does it matter if my muslin fabric is off-grain? Will that prevent me from being able to tell if my alterations worked?

::off to her reference books to find the quickest and best way to get this stupid cotton on grain, in case the answer is "yes, of course it matters."::
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Date: 6/27/13 1:33 PM

Much fabric these days is just off grain and there's nothing you can do to permanently fix it. It seems that it's set in the fibers at the factory by either heat or chemicals.

If you make sure to get your pattern on the straight grain (more or less parallel to the selvage), you are unlikely to have any problems.

I never bother any more to get fabric perfectly on grain both vertically and horizontally. Either for a muslin or for fashion fabric.

You can test this: rip a piece of fabric along both grains so you have a rectangle, pull it to be perfectly on grain. Leave it lying flat and hold your steam iron over it with lots of steam. Let it cool. See what happens. Or you can run it through the washer and dryer. In many, many cases, it will revert to its horrible off grain self.

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Date: 6/27/13 1:48 PM

Oh no! :-( I hate to think of my fabrics reverting after I've gone through the trouble of truing the grain.

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