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Understanding Fabric Weights

Understanding Fabric Weights

Do you know what GSM stands for? Does choosing the correct fabric weight for your creation leave you baffled? You’re not alone!

Tons of our customers ask us what fabric weights are most suitable for the type of product they want to make (which is why we’ve added a handy “fabrics by use” section to our site), but to help a little further, we’ve also put together a handy infographic for understanding fabric weights, to ease those issues!


Understanding Fabric Weights

Pin this infographic here to keep it handy.

This is our very first infographic – and we love it! So if there is something you’d like to know that you think we could make into a handy infographic, please let us know.

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  • Ooh, this is extremely useful! Thank you 🙂

  • I have got to pin this to my studio wall. It seems as if fabric is the most attractive and most confusing thing to anyone who wants to sew.

    • Aww thanks so much Marsha!

  • I hope no one actually tweets #2 because it’s incorrect. Otherwise, the info is very helpful!

    • Wow! Thank you so much – it’s been like that for ages. I can’t believe no one noticed until now. Thanks so much for spotting it and letting me know!

  • Grams per sq meter. The higher the number, the heavier the fabric or paper.

    • That’s absolutely right! Thanks so much for your comment

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