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Denim & Tencel

Denim & Tencel

Always popular and fashionable, the denim look can be applied to clothing, homewares, accessories and much more. Here at Spotlight, you will find a huge collection of denim and denim-look fabrics, including cotton, Tencel and other fibres.

Tencel is a modern fabric which is deemed to be soft, durable and environmentally friendly. Choose from various weights of fabric and a large range of designs including stripes, polka dots, tie-dye and much more. The range also includes stretch denim.

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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 denim and Tencel fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Here at Spotlight, you will find a huge collection of denim and denim-look fabrics, including cotton, Tencel and fabrics made from other fibres. You can choose from various weights of fabric and a large range of designs including stripes, polka dots, tie-dye, and foil coated denim and much more. The range also includes stretch denim.

What exactly is denim and how is it made?

Denim is a strong, durable fabric constructed in a twill weave using blue (indigo) and white coloured yarns. The blue yarns are the lengthwise or “warp” threads while the white yarns run across the fabric width (the “weft” threads). Traditionally, denim was constructed from 100% cotton yarn but these days it is often blended with polyester which helps against shrinking, and makes it less easy to crease. Lycra is often added to create stretch denim.

The reason Denim fades over time, is that the blue dye used on the threads wears, leaving more of the white visible.

Is Tencel the same as denim?

No, TENCEL® is in fact a brand name for a fibre which is also called lyocell, manufactured by the Lenzing AG company. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms using sustainable farming practices. Tencel fibres are spun into yarns which are woven into textiles that are soft, absorbent, very strong when wet or dry, resistant to wrinkles and drape well. Tencel is often blended with natural fabrics such as hemp, cotton and wool.

What can denim and denim-type fabrics be used for?

Of course, the first thing anyone associates with denim is Jeans. Jeans and pants made from denim became popular as workers’ clothing but are now worn by people of all ages and are available for every budget. But many more items can be made from denim, including skirts, pinafores, jackets, bags, and caps. It is used to cover books and storage baskets, create interior design objects and craft items including cushions, baskets and even jewellery.

How do I care for denim fabrics?

As stated above, denim is a strong and durable fabric and it is happy to be machine washed, but it can be prone to shrinking, especially when new, and the colour will inevitably fade over time. You may also find that the fabric becomes softer and is less likely to hold its shape after many washing cycles. Special effects can be created with denim fabrics such as artificial patches made by washing the denim with a hard object (originally done with stones) or by adding bleach.

Does Spotlight sell other types of fabric as well?

Yes, as well as denim and Tencell, you will find a huge range of fabrics here at Spotlight, covering everything from dressmaking to interior projects. Fabrics are available in a wide range of styles and colours and can in most cases by bought by the metre, although some pre-cut fabrics are also on offer. In addition, you will find sewing essentials, patterns, equipment and trim here too to finish off your sewing project.

Can I purchase denim and Tencel fabrics at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Here at Spotlight, you will find a huge collection of denim and denim-look fabrics, including cotton, Tencel and fabrics made from other fibres. You can choose from various weights of fabric and a large range of designs including stripes, polka dots, tie-dye, and foil coated denim and much more. The range also includes stretch denim.

What exactly is denim and how is it made?

Denim is a strong, durable fabric constructed in a twill weave using blue (indigo) and white coloured yarns. The blue yarns are the lengthwise or “warp” threads while the white yarns run across the fabric width (the “weft” threads). Traditionally, denim was constructed from 100% cotton yarn but these days it is often blended with polyester which helps against shrinking, and makes it less easy to crease. Lycra is often added to create stretch denim.

The reason Denim fades over time, is that the blue dye used on the threads wears, leaving more of the white visible.

Is Tencel the same as denim?

No, TENCEL® is in fact a brand name for a fibre which is also called lyocell, manufactured by the Lenzing AG company. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms using sustainable farming practices. Tencel fibres are spun into yarns which are woven into textiles that are soft, absorbent, very strong when wet or dry, resistant to wrinkles and drape well. Tencel is often blended with natural fabrics such as hemp, cotton and wool.

What can denim and denim-type fabrics be used for?

Of course, the first thing anyone associates with denim is Jeans. Jeans and pants made from denim became popular as workers’ clothing but are now worn by people of all ages and are available for every budget. But many more items can be made from denim, including skirts, pinafores, jackets, bags, and caps. It is used to cover books and storage baskets, create interior design objects and craft items including cushions, baskets and even jewellery.

How do I care for denim fabrics?

As stated above, denim is a strong and durable fabric and it is happy to be machine washed, but it can be prone to shrinking, especially when new, and the colour will inevitably fade over time. You may also find that the fabric becomes softer and is less likely to hold its shape after many washing cycles. Special effects can be created with denim fabrics such as artificial patches made by washing the denim with a hard object (originally done with stones) or by adding bleach.

Does Spotlight sell other types of fabric as well?

Yes, as well as denim and Tencel, you will find a huge range of fabrics here at Spotlight, covering everything from dressmaking to interior projects. Fabrics are available in a wide range of styles and colours and can in most cases by bought by the metre, although some pre-cut fabrics are also on offer. In addition, you will find sewing essentials, patterns, equipment and trim here too to finish off your sewing project.

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