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Grainline: line that follows the warp threads or knit ribs. The grainline is parallel to the selvage on all woven fabrics. Most selvages on knits are parallel to the grainline.

When laying out pattern pieces they will have an arrow showing the way the pattern should lay on the fabric. When pinning the pieces on, measure to be sure that the arrows are paralell to the selvage or fold. Sometimes, the pattern piece will show to place it on the fold. The fold is along grainline as long as the selvages are matched up. Place the piece along the fold.

For more details on different grains of fabric click here.

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