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Our Wool Melton is a thick to medium thick tightly woven wool with heavily brushed nap giving the fabric a smooth finish. Great for jackets, coats and blankets. Our melton is not only used for coats and blankets, it is also used for historical reinactment and recreation of military uniforms and civilian clothing.
Pre-treatment isn’t needed with the wool melton sold in the Fabrics.net Store. Wool melton has a nap so be sure and put all pattern pieces going one way. When the nap runs down, the garment the garment usually wears better and feels softer. When the nap runs up, the color is deeper but the garment may show wear in areas like the elbow, knees, rump. A sewing machine needle in size 12 – 14 sharp is a good size for this wool. Finishing the cut edges isn’t necessary as this wool doesn’t ravel easily. Lengthening your stitch is helpful; instead of 10 stitches per inch try 8 stitches per inch. Interfacing isn’t necessary but if you wish to use interfacing a medium weight sewn in interfacing is desirable.
A good steam iron is essential for all tailoring. If your iron doesn’t produce enough steam, use a damp pressing cloth on the wrong side of the garment. Press the seams open except at the armscye or armhole where the seam allowance is graded then pressed toward the sleeve The beauty of wool Melton tailoring is that ease can be molded or shrunk in by steam.