The Right Side of the Linen

Does linen have a front side and a back side? If it does, should you care?

The "linen has a front" camp:

  • Over time, stitches done on the wrong side may become distorted.
  • Pull lightly on the bias. The corners of the fabric will curl towards the front.

The "linen does not have a front" and "linen has a front but it does not matter" camps:

  • Some linen has a shinier side, but that is due to processing after the weaving is done.
  • If an expert has trouble telling the difference, it must not matter very much.
  • Weavers for one of the big stitching fabric companies say the two sides are identical.
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