What is the Grainline on a sewing pattern?

How do you find the Grainline of a pattern?

When you lay out your pattern before pinning and cutting, you need to check for the different grainlines. The fabric grainline is usually a straight line on the pattern piece looking like an arrow. Along the arrow, it may say to place on the straight grain of the fabric or this may just be understood.

What happens if you cut a pattern against the grain?

The grain will affect how the fabric moves as it’s pulled. … It’s not uncommon to be given a direction like “cut against the grain”. If you make a mistake and sew along the bias or against the grain, then you could find your fabric starts to pucker in places. It may also start to stretch in areas that shouldn’t stretch.

What will happen if you did not prepare your fabric before cutting and sewing?

If you haven’t pre-treated your fabric or if you haven’t put it on grain, your seams will shift over time. So that’s when you notice the sides of your shirt or the sides of your garments twisting around to the front, and we don’t want that.

How do you true up fabric?


  1. Wash fabric.
  2. Dry fabric.
  3. Press fabric.
  4. Pick up fabric by selvage.
  5. Bring selvage edge to other selvage.
  6. Slide selvages along each other until fabric lays flat.
  7. Slide cutting mat under fabric.
  8. Line up folded edge with mat.
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