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How is Linen Fabric Made?

November 9th, 2017 Nick of Time Textiles
Linen Fabric

Linen FabricWhile there is a high demand for linen these days due to all of the benefits that come along with using it to sew, creating linen fabric is not an easy process. It takes a long time to extract linen fibers from the flax plants that help to produce them.

To do it, those harvesting flax plants must begin by ripping the plants out of the ground instead of simply cutting them. This allows them to get the entirety of the linen fibers from the plants. Once they have ripped them from the ground, the plants must then be left alone for several days to allow them to soften. They are ready for the next step once bacteria and fungus begin to grow on them. This makes it easier for those harvesting flax plants to separate the linen fibers from the rest of the plants.

From there, the linen fiber is collected, rolled, and eventually stored away for approximately three months. During this waiting period, the linen fibers will soften a lot, at which point they can be combed to get rid of any impurities found in them. Longer linen fibers are then processed through the use of a “wet spinning” technique that is designed specifically to make the fibers as smooth and soft as they can be, while shorter fibers go through a “dry spinning” technique to make them stronger and more durable.

The longer fibers, which are typically used for sheets, are graded at the end of this process so that they can be used accordingly by companies looking to manufacturer high-quality products. The shorter fibers, on the other hands, are often incorporated into upholstery products and apparel. However, regardless of where they end up, linen fabric is incredibly useful and has proven to be one of the most versatile fabrics that you will find today.

At Nick of Time, we have plenty of linen fabrics available for those looking to incorporate linen into their sewing regimen. Call us at 877-447-8370 today to speak with someone about which linen fabric would be best for you.

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