FAQ - Waxed Canvas

Waxed Canvas

How do I clean my Waxed Canvas?

  • Shake or brush off dirt, sand or any other abrasive material.
  • Grab a sponge or soft brush and scrub with cold water. DO NOT use soap!
  • Gently massage the soiled surface.
  • Rinse with a sponge and cold water. Let the fabric air dry.

Why is my waxed canvas discolored?

  • When you first receive your canvas, you may notice discoloration towards the edges...don't worry! This is mostly likely due to the wax not having cured all the way when rolled up and packaged for shipment from the manufacturer. The easiest way to speed up the curing process is to lay your canvas out flat in a clean, warm area overnight. In the morning, you should notice that the discoloration has disappeared.

What should I AVOID doing to my waxed canvas?

  • Never wash your waxed canvas in the washing machine
  • Never use warm or hot water to clean it
  • Never have it dry cleaned
  • Never use soap, detergent, solvent or starch-based stiffener

How do I sew with Waxed Canvas?

 

PRESSING AND PINNING

  • Expect imperfections. This is the main thing to be aware of when sewing with (or buying) waxed canvas. The wax shows creases and scratches easily, but this is all part of the character of the fabric. Its look is meant to develop with use. Creases can be removed by pressing, provided you protect your iron and your ironing surface from the wax by using a press cloth. You can also simply hand press, intentionally distress the fabric which will cause the fabric to soften and loosen any deep creases, hang overnight in a warm clean area, or use a heat gun or hair dryer. Sometimes pinning can leave visible pin holes so try to pin carefully within the seam allowances or forgo pins and use wonder clips instead (highly recommended!). When sewing with waxed fabric, each puncture mark (with your sewing needle or pins) will show. If you make a mistake and need to seam rip a line of stitches, use your iron or hair dryer to help those puncture marks disappear into the waxed fabric — they really will vanish!
  • If you iron it, use a pressing cloth. While you'll find that finger pressing suffices with the majority of your projects, you may occasionally turn to your iron. Use a pressing cloth when ironing to avoid any wax buildup. The waxes and oils can melt with the heat of your iron, so protect it with a press cloth and make sure you are using a medium setting.
  • Use a clapper to press. A clapper allows you to apply pressure and steam for a longer period of time, letting you get crisp edges while avoiding contact of the iron to the cloth. If you’ve never used one, it’s really easy! Just apply steam with your iron, then quickly apply the clapper and use your body to apply lots of downward pressure as the fabric cools. The clapper traps steam in the fabric as you press. This is our preferred method over actually ironing the canvas, however you’ll wish to protect the surface underneath the waxed canvas with a pressing cloth.

 

STITCHING

  • Use the right needle. As with any new sewing project, it’s important to equip your machine with new, sharp needle. For waxed canvas, it’s best to use a size 100/16 or 100/18. Heavy duty thread is also helpful as is using a longer stitch length of 3 for a professional looking, attractive stich. A roller foot or Teflon coated foot can assist when sewing on fabrics like this that may tend to grab. If you’ve got a walking foot for quilting, you can try that as well since the foot “walks” vs. sliding along the fabric surface. As always, find what combination works best for your machine!

AFTER CARE

  • Clean your machine. This is the number one thing to remember. After sewing with waxed canvas, be sure to give your machine a thorough cleaning to remove any potential buildup left behind from the wax. Wipe the surfaces down and use a fresh needle for your next project!

When do I need to re-wax my Waxed Canvas?

  • Though this does depends on how often the fabric is worn or used, it is recommended to re-wax your item once a year with regular use. Another great way to tell: place several drops of water on the canvas, if it doesn't roll off or it absorbs, it's probably time to re-wax!

How do I re-wax my Waxed Canvas?

  • Clean your waxed canvas following the instructions above.
  • Gather a container of hot water, your C4X wax bar, and a tin or bowl small enough to place in the water.
  • Choose a warm room or outside on a warm day.
  • Stand the bar in the tin/bowl in the pan of hot water to soften it.
  • Work the wax well into the garment a small section at a time, paying attention to seams, creases, and dry patches.
  • Rub in well, don’t just paint on.
  • Do not use excess wax.
  • For a 'factory' finish, blow dry evenly with a hairdryer to help the wax completely absorb into the fibers.
  • Hang the garment overnight in a clean, warm place to allow the wax to cure.