Can you wash silk? And how? We decided to find out. See our great silk washing test.Full article
When you take good care of your fabric and the garments you sew with it, they will last much longer. Sounds obvious, but it’s awfully easy to forget. Proper care starts before sewing – some fabrics should be washed or pre-shrunk and others should never see the inside of a washing machine. Sometimes you might find a care tag in an article of clothing, where the manufacturer seems to wash its hands of any responsibility at all for what you do with the garment. In all events, knowing your way around fabric care is certainly practical. Not all delicate looking fabrics have to be exclusively handwashed or dry cleaned, and not all sturdy looking fabrics can take endless spinning in the washer and dryer. At Sartor we do our own tests for washing, shrinkage, and other care of our materials, so everything we write is backed up with actual experience.
That silk dress was a real find, but – d’oh! – the tag says dry clean only. At a loss? Here are a few tips on finding a good cleaner. It’s easier than you may think and it’s certainly worth the effort. If you’ve been living in jeans and a t-shirt and this is your first foray into the world of professional cleaning, take a deep breath and read on. Levels of service and know-how can vary widely but a good dry cleaner can be worth their weight in gold. Choose wisely (we tell you how) and your clothes will thank you.Full article
Ever wonder what those funny symbols on care labels mean? The washtub, the triangle, that little box with a circle inside? Get your decoder rings ready! This overview gives you the key to decipher what the manufacturer is trying to say. Now you’ll always know just how to wash, dry, and press your clothes. Never be vexed by the hieroglyphs on a care tag again!Full article