How to Straighten the Edge of Woven Fabric

Before you start laying your pattern pieces onto your material, it is important to make sure you have a straight edge to your fabric.Uneven fabric edge

One of the easiest ways to get your fabric straight is to find a weft thread (close to the edge) that runs across the width of the fabric – a pin can help to pull out and isolate the thread. Pull the thread gently – your fabric should start to gather up. If your thread breaks, find the broken end and pull again.


Every now and again it helps to pull your fabric back out flat  – you should be able to see your pulled thread.

Pulled thread

Once you can see the pulled thread across the whole width of your fabric, cut along this ‘pulled thread’ line.

Cut along pulled thread

Your fabric edge should now be straight!


4 thoughts on “How to Straighten the Edge of Woven Fabric

  1. Pingback: Understanding Your Sewing Pattern and Instructions – A Beginners Guide Part 2 | thestitchsharer

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s