Tips for sewing corduroy


Dreamer! Today, we will tell you some characteristics and 5 tips for sewing corduroy to consider in your following projects!


It’s a bold fabric similar to velvet, smooth and made up of crisscrossed fibers. When they are in parallel, they form the distinctive motive with vertical ribbing.

Unlike velvet, which sews into a silk base, corduroy is made of cotton. It’s pretty used when winter comes for its bold and warm fabric, including pants, shirts, and jackets.

Also, this fabric can be used as a replacement for velvet in a tapestry.

Corduroy is available in a variety of different weights, they are measured by the number of wales per square inch. That determines the weight of the fabric.

Higher wale count is good for fashion fabric, and a low wale count would be great for upholstery.

Are you considering using corduroy in the following sewing project?

Here are some tips for you!

Tip 1.

Follow the direction of the lines in the fabric to maintain its tone because, like velvet, it changes according to the direction.


Tip 2.

Use a long straight stitch.

On bulky seams, use a nail file to avoid straining your machine, and try not to unpick, as this will damage the fabric.

Tip 3.

Use torzal thread and jeans needle for sewing. Select the gauge according to the thickness of the corduroy.


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70/10 gauge are great for sewing fashion weight corduroy. Use size 80/12 for larger wales.
For clean flat seams, it’s best to use a serger to finish the edges.

  • When sewing, never use a fusible interfacing, use an interfacing doesn’t require heat for better results.

Tip 4.

Use large and sharp scissors; we recommend tailor’s scissors.


Cut in a single layer: Treat corduroy like you would any striped or directional fabric.

You’ll need to pay special attention to the thread (which will run between the napped cords).

It’s easy for the cords to slightly shift when cutting in a double layer, so cutting everything in a single layer is very important.

  • And, again, make sure your pattern pieces are all running the same direction.

Tip 5.

Iron at the same temperature as cotton and use a dry cloth to flatten the seams, as this fabric is easily polished.

Instead, pressing with direct heat can ruin the fabrics luster and nap.

And that's it!

Please consider these tips in your following sewing project with corduroy; it will be easy to make, and the finishes will be perfect!

We hope this post has liked you. See you at the next one… and bye for now!

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