Selecting a Cotton Stroller With Oxford Fabric Lining F […]
Selecting a Cotton Stroller With Oxford Fabric
Lining Fabric plays an important role in any type of sewing project. It serves as a barrier between the stitching and the fabric. It also gives the finished product a smooth and well finished look.
Oxford Fabric is the most common type of lining fabric used for handbags, clothing, purses, drapes and curtains. Oxford fabric is extremely durable and is highly soft to touch. It's also one of the lowest cost to make and the finest quality of lining fabric available. The fabric used is dyed a semi-translucent neutral shade with different shades of white and blue printed on it. There are no real rules as to how many different colors can be used on the Oxford Fabric, but it generally works better with softer textured garments.
The number of threads that are woven into each inch of the Oxford Fabric determines its price. Each square inch is generally made from twenty-eight different threads, which makes this a relatively inexpensive type of lining. One disadvantage to using polyester as a base is that it holds the weight of the garment tightly. Because of this, some types of Oxford fabric are not very suitable for use with heavy garments, like coats and jackets. It has been suggested that a lighter weight polyester would be a better choice.
Lining the stroller: Lining the stroller can be done using either a lining cloth or the polyester/cotton blend Oxford Fabric. It's generally not necessary to use a lining fabric for the stroller. When lacing the stroller with a lining cloth, it's advisable to use a heavier grade of fabric, around six or eight ounce yarn counts. A smaller amount of yarn would be sufficient for the purpose, if the fabric being used is a little on the heavy side. Using too little yarn makes the stroller quite heavy and hard to push around.
How does a stroller with Oxford fabric handle moisture? This is not a problem with the thicker grades of the fabric. Since the fabric isn't as absorbent as cotton, mildew proofing isn't necessary. There may be a small possibility of mildew occurring in areas where there is moisture, but mildew proofing isn't a concern. However, plastic bags should be used whenever possible instead of plastic bags.
Air permeability is another concern when choosing fabrics. Oxford Fabric is about four times more absorbent than cotton, so an extra bonus! Some manufacturers recommend that air permeability should be tested by hanging a plastic bag over the fabric while it's still fresh. The color of the plastic bag will determine how easily the fabric allows the air to permeate, but polyester is easily trapped in the woven mesh, preventing it from escaping.