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« on: November 13, 2010 10:09:00 AM »

So, I'm thinking of selling clothes that I make at some point. In the descriptions, people always put what kind of material.

So...what if we don't know what kind of material it is?? I mean, when you buy it at a fabric store, somewhere it's written what kind of fabric it is. But I get my fabric from all sorts of places (lots of random things of bold fabric from second hand stores) and I don't know what kind of material it is.

What should I do then?? Is it very important to have the type of fabric?

I would give instructions on washing it either way and most of my fabrics are just basic type ones that don't need special washing instructions.
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2010 04:42:54 AM »

If you don't know what it is for sure, it's less important than knowing how to wash it (and also importantly, iron it) without ruining it. I would state that you're not sure exactly what it is, but include if the fabric is thin/heavy, soft/stiff, stretch/non, etc. Cotton qualities or poly blends, you don't have to be overly specific if the customer is satisfied that you've explained how to take care of it once it's in their hands.

« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2010 01:12:22 PM »

If you burn test your fabric, you could also mention your results..  you can at least tell from that whether or not it's a natural fiber, and whether it's protein-based (like silk and wool) or plant-based. 
This chart helps: http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html
There are various other charts if you Google "burn test chart" or "burn test results" or anything like that. 

Besides care, a lot of people want to know whether it's natural or synthetic, particularly so they know whether it breathes. 

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010 01:26:45 PM »

I've done burn tests before and they all smell like burnt marshmallows! I don't even bother now. You can pretty much tell if something has synthetic qualities, and what a flame does or a smell won't mean much to your customers. Even the experts say burn tests are inconclusive.

« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2010 11:28:53 AM »

Even wool smells like burnt marshmallows to you??  I find that very strange.  But when I burn test something, I go more by the ash than the flame itself.   
I wouldn't call burn tests "conclusive" but they usually at least give me some idea about fiber content.  It doesn't tell you exact content, but that doesn't make it useless.  I didn't say to tell customers what the flame looks or smells like, just that you can get a slightly better idea of the content by how it reacts to heat.  It's slightly more objective than going by feel. 

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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2010 01:52:35 PM »

I came across the same thing with my stuff. I use yarn, not material though. My solution has been to put information on when I have it. About 80% of the time, I've lost the label to the orphan balls of yarn, so I'll just say "made from mixed fibres, hand wash and lay flat to dry."

It might be a good way for you to label things, then explain them if you can.

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2010 10:33:40 PM »

You are required by law to but the fiber content on any textile product you sell in the US.

There is an allowance for unknown fiber content.  You can label it "100% unknown fibers XXX" and then fill in what information you do have as XXX.  Such as reclaimed fabric, vintage fabric, secondhand material, etc" 

Here is a good place to start understanding this law. http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus21-threading-your-way-through-labeling-requirements-under-textile-and-wool-acts#unknown 

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