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What is napped fabric?

Last Updated: 27th February, 2020

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Napped fabric refers to a process in which both sides of a piece of woven or knit fabric are teased and raised and/or sheared off to make them even. The raised fibers of napped fabric all lie in one direction, making the fabric look and feel different when seen or touched from different angles.

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In this manner, what does NAP mean in fabric?

Primarily, nap is the raised (fuzzy) surface on certain kinds of cloth, such as velvet or moleskin. Nap can refer additionally to other surfaces that look like the surface of a napped cloth, such as the surface of a felt or beaver hat.

Furthermore, what are pile fabrics? Pile is the raised surface or nap of a fabric, consisting of upright loops or strands of yarn. Examples of pile textiles are carpets, corduroy, velvet, plush, and Turkish towels. The word is derived from Latin pilus for "hair"

Similarly one may ask, can you use a without nap layout with napped fabric?

They do, however, have “nap” and are usually grouped with napped fabrics. For the most part, pile fabrics require the same fabric preparation and sewing techniques as napped fabrics. If they don't, the fabric has nap. If you still aren't sure, use the cutting layout and sewing suggestions for nap fabric, just in case.

How must pattern pieces be placed when using a napped fabric?

If you are cutting one layer, however, the pattern pieces must be placed printed side up. They must also be placed on the right side of the fabric. Otherwise, you may find that pattern pieces fit the wrong side of your body. Be sure to use the “with nap” layout when working with napped fabrics.

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