How do I identify the fabrics

@venshida (4837)
United States
September 16, 2007 7:05am CST
I have a couple pieces of fabric that I want to list on Ebay, but I have no idea if they are polyester blend or what. I brought them over a year ago to make some curtains, but I change my mind about the colors. Is my only choice to go back to the fabric store and ask? The fabric a have shine and is soft. I know they are not cotton or silk. Any ideas, I am trying to conserve my gasoline usage.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
6 Oct 07
Since they are not silk (to test out silk you scrunch the fabric and if it holds wrinkles and doesn't have a definate warp or weft weaving line it's either a silk or poly blend) Cotton wrinkles terribly if it's 100% plus ther is a warp and weft in it. You can be pretty safe in listing it as a poly blend. The other thing about silk is that it's expensive as sin. You might pull a few strands from the end of the fabric and put them in an ashtray or fire safe tin and light a match to them. If the fibers curl up into a stinky hard mass its a poly blend. If they burn to ash it's a natural fiber. I hope this helps some. I'm up lte with a fractured hand that's hurting like crazy and decided to check out mylot to see if there was something to take my mind off the pain...I was right, it helps.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
6 Oct 07
I hope you feel better. Thanks for the info very informative. I am going to try your suggestions.
@Beenice (237)
• Canada
11 Jun 09
I seam to me that you have silk, if you have a little bit of polyester it might not be much. I wouldn't buy on e-bay,I've been scam twice not for clothes.I never receive what I had ordered and Paypal had to reimburse me.Good luck.
@msack3889 (103)
• United States
27 Nov 07
I know this reply is late, but maybe it will help you in the future (or help someone else). You can do a "burn test" to determine what fibers are in the fabric. http://www.fabrics.net/fabricsr.asp