Linen Fabric - A Classic Choice For Generations of Sewers!
Linen was used in the burial wrappings on Egyptian mummies, medieval European shields and gambesons, Chinese garments and even bookmaking.
Linen fabric originates from the flax plant, grown in temperate climates.
Turning flax into linen is labor-intensive and complicated. It can take several months if done the traditional (and more eco-friendly) way.
This explains linen's higher price
compared with many other natural fabrics on the market today.
Where And Why Should You Buy Linen?
Although linen is strong, it is not the softest of fabrics. It is great for use in hot weather because the tightly twisted fibers
provide excellent airflow, absorb moisture and wick sweat away from the body. Of course, this means it is equally effective
at cooling the body during winter. Most online fabric stores such as
NY Fashion Center Fabrics
will have a wide selection of linen. These stores are good choices for checking out what's available.
Tips For Sewing With Linen
Yes, There's Alternatives To Linen
Linen is a beautiful fabric, but is a little on the pricey side. There are many convincing alternatives available. These "linen
look" or “linen weave” fabrics are made with fibers like cotton or rayon. They have been processed and woven in such a way as to look similar to and share some of the physical qualities of linen. These imitations are less expensive than linen and often can be used as substitutes. Sometimes it takes a burn test to spot the difference between real linen and a look-alike fabric. Use caution if you want to use this method of identification!