The noticable texture of fabric which is in
someway raised, fuzzy, or contoured on its surface is called
Some fabrics change their appearance
depending on the way you look at them.
Besure to follow the pattern instruction on
how the nap should lie and how it should be sewn.
This surface may include raised designs, a
hairy texture in the fabric, a fluffy surface, the pile of
knits, and one-way designs.
Some fabrics are simply flat and have no
discernable nap, while other fabrics like fur, flannel, swade,
and corduroy have obvious nap surfaces.
Fabrics with pile nap including velveteen,
velour, and corduroy feel smoother and color is brighter when
the nap is going down and darker when going up.
The nap wears better when the nap is going
Fuzzy-surfaced fabrics like flannel and fake
fur shuld be cut with the nap running down.
Shiny fabrics such as satin, damask, and
knits reflect the light differently when viewed from different
It is important for such fabrics to lay the
same direction. Plaids and stripes need the added care of
aligning the plaids and stripes.
Sewing Nap is a major consideration when
sewing with some materials, but other materials have little or
no nap to be of concern.