Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

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Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » June 1st, 2011, 5:44 am

In general, not necessarily from Switzerland.

I inherited some. My aunt, upon examining it (or at least one piece of it) said that it was the good stuff that you can't really find any more (or something to that effect). I don't remember anything specific.

I've learned (I think!) that some has the dots woven in, some embroidered on. Are there any other kinds? Woven dot is the higher up on the fabric scale? How do I tell the difference? Is there anything else I need to know to "grade" my fabric?
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Re: Dotted Swiss ??

Postby Keeping » June 1st, 2011, 4:28 pm

Thank you. :D I think a couple pieces must be flocked. They have fuzzy dots and the backs of the dots seem like glue. That sounds yucky but it really isn't. :rotflo: The others I will have to examine with a magnifying glass, I think. They seem woven but I really can't see them well!
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » July 24th, 2011, 4:26 pm

What do you think? I haven't done a burn test to determine fiber content. Never have, in fact. Anybody have any good online instructions for doing that? I know I've seen them but don't know where. I really need to learn! :lol:
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » July 24th, 2011, 4:29 pm

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Yeah, I know. You can't tell from there. :roll: But still, what do you think?

Have yet to examine it with a magnifying glass.
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby SewingForAll » July 24th, 2011, 5:42 pm

Sure is pretty fabric!!
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby KathyD » July 24th, 2011, 6:44 pm

What pretty fabrics! :) I think that you have a wonderful collection. It may not be the expensive kind, but it will still make a pretty dress! It looks to me like the dots are the kind that are glued on. To check the fibre content you can do the burn test. If it's 100% cotton, the ashes will be soft. If there's any man made fibre in the weave, it will have hard ashes where the man made fibers melt.

I hope that you plan to make something pretty with these!

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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » July 25th, 2011, 4:32 am

Thanks Kathy, I will try that.
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » July 25th, 2011, 5:47 am

Can I do the burn test in a stainless steel sink? Or will it leave something unfriendly on the surface?
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » July 25th, 2011, 2:36 pm

The results of the close examination:
I had already determined that the green and peach were flocked. I wasn't sure about the others (having never even seen a Dobby weave in person ~ gasp!) since they looked and felt different. However, after examining them closely and even taking them apart I don't think they are woven in. So, they're stuck on too ~ but the manufacturer did a much better job on them (that's probably what my aunt was referring to).


The results of the burn test:
Either I didn't read the results right or they are all 100% synthetic. 100%? I didn't know they made synthetic cotton-likes this good, especially not several years ago (I'm guessing they are more than ten years old). I was expecting blends! :rotflo:

Wish I had taken textiles when I was in college. It wasn't being offered when I needed it so the chair made me take tailoring instead (and the next year she had another student do textiles self-study :roll: ). Oh well, maybe tailoring will come in handy too (not that I really conquered it :rotflo: ), I just think textiles would have been more useful to me.
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » July 28th, 2011, 6:44 am

niener wrote:As a result, you may have gotten some acrid smell akin to the smell of polyester in the burn test. The cotton should smell like leaves burning in the fall.


Interestingly, I didn't notice a smell at all. :? I wasn't exactly sniffing it, though. Would be nice to try again but I am so busy, I don't know about that . . .

I am planning to try to sell the pink dots and green dots. They are pretty but I don't like them as much (the darker, fuzzy, raised dots) and I need the money.

Definitely keeping the lavender and yellow. They will be handy for sewing for little girls. I always see little puffed sleeves in the yellow!

Keeping the hearts even though I don't know what to do with them.

Keeping the floral also. I like it but what is really great is that I have a lot of fabrics that coordinate with it. That's wonderful in a totally unplanned stash such as I have. Not letting that go! :)
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Re: Dotted Swiss ?? UPDATED

Postby Keeping » July 28th, 2011, 11:39 am

niener wrote: Ha, ha, any "normal" person would think we are all just a bit loony reading this! :laugh:


:lol: Yeah, it's all about context. :rotflo: Even then, sniffing burned fabric is a little weird. :lol:
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