Also see part 1: Know Your Rayon
Sewing With Rayon
- Pre-shrinking the fabric is recommended for garments. This can be achieved by pre-washing or steam ironing.
- Universal needles and all-purpose thread are OK for most weights and weaves of rayon.
- It ravels easily, so finish those seams.
- Use the cool setting when ironing. High settings can easily damage rayon.
- Since it’s very drapey, it’s best suited to skirts and less-structured blouses; if you’re making something more tailored/pleat-y, rayon-linen blends are more suitable.
- During the WWI era, writes Joan Kiplinger in this article on Fabrics.net, “Rayon jumped to the forefront as fiber of the moment to conserve future allotments of natural fibers needed for military clothing and never relinquished its popularity after that.”
- Rayon doesn’t hold up well over time: it tends to fade and deteriorate when exposed to light.
- It is resistant to static electricity. That’s a good one for me to know — I hate it when I’m all static-y!
- Tencel is another (greener) variety of rayon, manufactured from trees grown on managed tree farms and using a closed-loop system that recycles the processing chemicals. Tencel is a trade name owned by Courtaulds Fibers.
- “Rayon – A Love-Hate Relationship,” from Timmel Fabrics
- eHow article: How to Sew With Rayon
- Sew Any Fabric: A Quick Reference to Fabrics from A to Z by Claire Shaeffer and Nancy Zieman, published by KP Craft
Sewing Guide for Rayon/Lycra Jersey knit fabric on Emma One Sock
Sewing Silk/Rayon blend velvet, on Patternreview