Finding The Grainline On The Fabric

FGF6Sandra Betzina teaches you to recognize the selvage edge and the grainline of a fabric.  Knowing where the grainline is can be the first step in successful pattern placement.

You will learn exactly where to place the pattern piece once you find the selvage.

Scroll down for step-by-step instructions. For more information, read Sandra ‘s article, “Cutting Out”.



 FGF1 Pay attention to reading what the fabric suggestion is on the back of the pattern.
 FGF2 Know the difference between a knit and a woven: a woven does not have stretch and a knit does.
 FGF3 The selvage edge is the finished edge.
 FGF4.1 The cut edge is the edge that has been cut in the fabric store.
 FGF4 On wovens, it’s always a good idea to straighten the cut edge by ripping it.
 FGF5 Usually, you will cut out fabric with selvages together.
 FGF6 Find the pattern piece that has the marked the grain line and put it on the fabric.
 FGF7 The grain line must always be parallel to the selvage.