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Cotton Stretch Sateen

Cotton Stretch Sateen

Cotton sateen is a type of fabric that is woven in the same way as traditional satin. This means the threads are mostly on one side of the fabric, giving it its smooth look and creating a dense, smooth fabric. Mercerised cotton, used in the manufacture, makes the fabric strong, easy to dye and provides a soft sheen.

At Spotlight, our collection of cotton sateen fabrics is available by the metre in various plain, floral and abstract designs suitable for a number of uses including the making of sheets and pillowcases and dressmaking.

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Can I purchase woven apparel fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Woven fabrics account for a large percentage of all dressmaking and apparel fabrics and we are pleased to be able to offer you a wide choice of these fabrics here at Spotlight. Woven apparel fabrics are available in many weights, fibres, colours and designs, making it easy to find the right fabric for your next sewing project here.

What are the features of woven apparel fabrics?

Woven fabrics are made up of a weft - the yarn going across the width of the fabric - and a warp - the yarn going down the length of the loom. The side of the fabric where the wefts are double-backed to form a non-fraying edge is called the selvedge. There are at least three distinct types of woven fabric, which are:

Plain weave: In plain-weave fabric, the warp and weft are aligned so that they form a simple criss-cross pattern. Plain-weave is strong and hardwearing, so it's used for fashion and furnishing fabrics.

Twill weave: In twill-weave fabric, the crossings of weft and warp are offset to give a diagonal pattern on the fabric surface. This means the fabric is strong, drapes well and is used for jeans, jackets and curtains.

Satin weave: Satin-weave fabrics consist of a complex arrangement of warp and weft threads, which allows longer float threads either across the warp or the weft. The long floats mean the light falling on the yarn doesn't scatter and break up, like on a plain-weave. The reflected light creates a smooth, lustrous (shiny) surface commonly called satin.

What are the advantages of woven apparel fabrics?

Here are some of the main advantages of woven fabrics:

Cost: As in all industries, time and labour have an effect on the cost of items. Woven fabrics are formed on looms and are made to be sturdy. The fabric cannot be stretched and does not shrink. While this does produce high-quality material, it does increase production costs.

Washing: Most woven fabrics are simple to launder and typically will not shrink or wrinkle. The main exceptions to this are linen and silk, which it may be better to dry-clean.

Durability: Woven fabrics by far outlast most other fabrics such as knits, and this is why so many heavy-duty fabrics are weaves. Examples of woven fabrics include denim, linen, corduroy and tweed.

Does Spotlight also sell other types of fabric?

Yes, as well as woven fabrics, Spotlight also stocks a large collection of knitted fabrics. Knitted fabrics are generally more stretchy than woven fabrics and the stretch means they are less prone to wrinkling too. Woven and knitted fabrics cannot usually be interchanged, so if you are unsure as to which fabric you need, check your pattern for information or ask advice from our sales staff.

Of course, there are special fabrics for sale here at Spotlight too, that are neither woven nor knitted, such as bonded fabrics, imitation leather and vinyl, and other specialty fabrics such as lace, nylon tulle and nets.

Can I purchase cotton sateen fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can! Cotton sateen is a type of fabric that is woven in the same way as traditional satin. This means the threads are mostly on one side of the fabric, giving it its smooth look and creating a dense, smooth fabric. Mercerised cotton, used in the manufacture of sateen fabric, makes the fabric strong, easy to dye and provides a soft sheen. It often has a small amount of elastane added to provide the fabric with a light stretching quality.

Is sateen the same as satin?

No, it is not. Sateen may have a satin-smooth finish, but it is not the same as satin. Sateen is normally made of cotton, while satin is usually made of silk. Because it is made from cotton, it is much cheaper than silk satin. It is also more durable and can be washed in the machine. Sateen is available in various weights and is often used for dressmaking, home décor, or as lining material. It is often used for bedding like sheets and pillowcases, and the heavier fabrics are also ideal for making bedspreads.

How do I care for cotton sateen fabric?

Cotton sateen can be treated like ordinary cotton fabric and is in most cases washable in the machine. As it has a distinct shiny side and is matt on the other side, take care when sewing to ensure that all your pieces are cut with the right side up. Cotton sateen can be tumble dried and ironed, unless otherwise indicated on individual product labels.

Is cotton sateen available in different styles?

Yes, here at Spotlight we stock cotton sateen in plain colours as well as in numerous designs and patterns, allowing you to mix and match if required. Many of the designs are floral but there are also pretty animals, fruits and abstract designs to choose from.

Does Spotlight sell other types of fabric too?

Yes, cotton sateen is only one of the huge number of different fabrics on offer here at Spotlight. Whether you are looking for dressmaking fabric, interior fabric, craft fabric or general-purpose fabric, you will find it all here available by the metre, as well as pre-cut fabrics for quilting, and specialist fabrics including nets and tulle, faux fur and faux suede, and many other types of material to choose from. Browse the whole range of fabrics today, and don’t forget to have a look at the equipment, tools, accessories and sewing essentials on offer too, as well as patterns and much more.

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