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STRAIGHTENING OF FABRIC:
Many times fabric needs to be straightened before the garment is cut out. Draw out a crosswise thread and cut fabric along the thread if the fabric has not been torn from the roll. Then the garment will fit better and hold its shape longer. To see whether it is straight, place it on a large table and make a lengthwise fold down the center to meet both selvedge together smooth out wrinkles. If the two selvedges meet evenly with the side of the table and the raw edges come together even with the ends of the table, then the fabric is straight. If the two edges do not come together and are not even with the end of the table, the material is not straight.
The second method is by pulling the fabric on the bias. When fabric is pulled on the bias, it stretches. Always pull the corner of the shortest edge moving the hand over a few inches each time. The fabric is given a good, firm pull. Sometimes a partner is necessary to assist straightening the material. Then, each one should pull with a right hand and again
with the left hand. Continue pulling first with one hand and the then the other until the material is straight. Repeat this until the selvedges of the material come together. After this, press the material if the cloth is wrinkled. Dampen it with a damp cloth, press along the lengthwise of the fabric but not in the circle. Use a chair to hold the material so that it does not fall on the floor.
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