Caring For Satin
Satin is a heavy, thick silk typically used for special occasions, particularly wedding gowns. It has a soft, graceful drape that falls in wide cones. Be sure to use scissors when cutting this fabric; do not attempt to rip it by hand, as it will pucker substantially. Drycleaning is strongly recommended.
What to expect with Satin:
- fabric is somewhat slippery
- easy to cut out
- difficult to tear
- puckers if ripped by hand
- won't unravel
- won't hold a crease
- durable and strong
- wears evenly
- attracts static
- holds its shape
- resists wrinkles
- water drops leave spots or marks
- dryclean only
- press dry fabric
- dry iron
Sewing rating (easy to hard): moderately easy
Suggested clothing fit: semi-fitted, loose-fitting, or very loose-fitting
Suggested styles: pleats and tucks; lofty gathers; lined; puffed or bouffant
Silk is regarded as nature's most perfect fiber, but even perfection has its limitations:
and agitation - Silk's smooth surface does not attract dirt and is
easily cleaned, but silk can be damaged by most laundry detergents -
so always dry clean your silk. Silk loses strength when wet, so do not
wring or agitate.
- Bleach - Silk is easily damaged by strong
bleaches that contain sodium hypochlorite.
- Heat and light - Silk is sensitive to heat and begins to decompose at 330 degrees fahrenheit. Use a warm (not hot) iron.
- Mildew and moths - Silk will not mildew except in extreme conditions. Moths don't care for it, but carpet beetles do.
- Perspiration causes silk to deteriorate and affects the color,
causing staining. Any silk worn next to the skin should be cleaned