Question: What are sewing weights used for?

The main purpose of pattern weights is as the name suggests, to weigh down your pattern pieces. So when you are tracing or cutting a pattern instead of having to take time to pin the paper to the fabric you strategically place the weights on top so the pattern piece is flat and then trace or cut around the edge.

What do you fill sewing weights with?

What To Fill Sewing Weights With – Everything You Need To Know

  1. 1.1 Rice/Lentils.
  2. 1.2 Plastic Poly Pellets.
  3. 1.3 Marbles.
  4. 1.4 Metal Washers.
  5. 1.5 Glass Beads.
  6. 1.6 Decorative Glass Pebbles.
  7. 1.7 Magnets.
  8. 1.8 Pennies.

Are pattern weights better than pins?

Using pattern weights is so much faster plus all your work smoothing out the fabric is not wasted. The weights will gently hold the pattern in place while you cut. Pins put holes in your fabric (obviously). That may be just fine for most fabrics, but on some fine fabrics pins could be damaging.

Do you need pattern weights?

The main purpose of pattern weights is as the name suggests, to weigh down your pattern pieces. So when you are tracing or cutting a pattern instead of having to take time to pin the paper to the fabric you strategically place the weights on top so the pattern piece is flat and then trace or cut around the edge.

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How heavy should fabric weights be?

Fabric Weight Quick Reference

Weight Common Substrates
9 to 12 oz. per square yard (roughly 255 to 340 GSM) denim, ponte knits, cotton twill, corduroy, waterproof fabrics, jacquard, wool melton, most coatings
12+ oz. per square yard (340+ GSM) canvas, duck, upholstery

What do fabric weights mean?

Fabric weight is the outcome of how a fabric has been woven, its finish and sometimes the fibre type. Looking at the weight can help you to decide if it will be the most suitable fabric for its end use.

What can I use for drapery weights?

Two main types of drapery weights exist: penny weights and chain weights. Penny weights actually look like buttons thanks to the four holes in the middle. This allows you to sew the weights securely to the hem of the curtain.