Cork fabric will not fray, so you can leave the edge raw
You can benefit the environment by using cork products in your next project.
Vegan Leather - Growing from Nature
It feels like a quality leather, smooth and pliable.
This cork fabric has been treated with UV and abrasion protect-ants as well as scotch guard. It can be wiped clean with a soft cloth and weak soapy solution.
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Natural cork fabric, perfect for sewing on a home sewing machine! You can press cork fabric just like any other fabric, but open seams won't stay flat.
If you wish a flatter look - topstitch your seams open with an edging or ditch foot.
Cork can stand alone - if you wish to add fleece or foam interfacing for more stability then of course you can do this. Great for bags and wallets.
You can iron quality Touch Pro cork on either side.- always do a test on a small section.
Steam will make the cork fabric more elastic. We error on caution and use the iron on the reverse side if needed.
Use basting tape or glue for holding seams, positioning pockets and zippers, creating straps, and more! Sew and mark carefully, to avoid having to rip seams, a ripped seam-line will show
The real cork is backed with a thin layer of fabric.
The cork oak tree is native to the coastal areas of Portugal, Spain and France, and is the national tree of Portugal.
No tree is cut down to harvest cork. The cork comes from the outer bark of the cork oak tree. To harvest cork, it is stripped off the tree by hand about every nine to twelve years.
After harvesting, the tree continues to form new layers and restore its protective barrier.
Each tree can produce cork for about 200 years. As the trees mature, the harvests produce thicker cork that is even better quality.
Avoid pinning cork fabric
As with vinyl or leather, avoid using pins because perforations and holes can be obvious.
It is recommended to start each project with a new needle.
Microtex needles have a narrow shaft and very thin, sharp point which makes it ideal for cork fabric.
Microtex Size 80/12 or Microtex Size 90/14 work best;
however, Universal Size 80/12 work well too (increase stitch length to at least 3mm for top-stitching). QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Does the dye run when wet?
Does cork have a backing?
it is attached to a soft, flexible cotton woven fabric backing.
Can you leave the edges "raw"?
Yes you can.
Is it easy to sew?
Oh my word YES!!!!
It really is a wonderful substrate to sew with, easier than vinyl or leather, and more forgiving.
What foot/needle do you use?
Personally I use a teflon foot, but I know many people have great success with their regular feet. As for needle, I use titanium 90/16 on my industrial, and Microtex 90/14 on my domestic -
NOTE: EVERY machine behaves differently, find what's right for your project and your machine.
If it is folded, does it crease?
Yes it will, this is why we send it to you rolled, rather than folded.
The folds will come out, but it takes time and patience. To remove creases, try wetting the cork backing and hanging it to dry, or pressing it under heavy books.
Does it need to be interfaced?
If you feel the need for more structure than the cork fabric has naturally, please glue or sew baste the interfacing rather than ironing it.
Can I scotch guard the cork?
No need to
- it has already been done at the factory!