This is a great tip. Ive always been told this is how you find the straight of grain but am alway too lazy to actually do it. Maybe next time Ill do it.

Handmade By Mel Hearn

I am a bit of a neat-freak when it comes to sewing.  I get so much pleasure from getting things right so I think sometimes it is the simple basics which make the difference between something which looks amazing and something that just looks okay.

When making things like curtains it is really important to get a nice straight cut in your fabric.  One way to be sure of this is to use a needle point to lift one of the weft threads.  The weft threads run
across the fabric between the two selvedges.

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If you gently pull this thread through the entire width of the fabric it will give you a nice straight line marking to cut against.

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It is quite time consuming (it took me about 20 minutes to do this) but the picture just shows how far off straight the fabric had been cut in the shop. …

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