Faux Suede Fabric Product Guide

Faux Suede has a soft and cozy surface. Microsuede is a lightweight polyester fabric that can be used for apparel, like jackets and skirts. It can also be used in home decor for projects like throw pillows. Sensuede is another type of faux suede. It is most often used for upholstery because of its durability and heavier weight. Sensuede is primarily made from recycled polyester. Neither of these fabrics have much stretch, and they don’t fray.

Since faux suede has a short nap, decide which way you want the nap to go before cutting. When sewing faux suede fabric, use a strong sharp needle (about no. 14). Set your stitch length to be a little longer than normal. A short stitch length will create lots of holes in close proximity, which may lead to tearing. You’ll also want to lower the tension.

Pins will make permanent holes in faux suede, so binder clips are a better choice. Try not to stretch the material as you sew. To further prevent a lot of holes, avoid back stitching. Instead, leave some extra thread and tie off the ends. Faux suede can be slippery, so it would help to use a Teflon presser foot. You can also use matte tape on a regular foot. If you’re making a garment with interfacing, don’t put it in the washer.

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Microsuede is made of fine micro denier polyester fibers. It has the look and feel of real suede at a much lower cost. This flexible, lightweight, non-woven fabric is pet friendly, stain and wear resistant, and easy to use. Common uses include pillow covers, quilting trim, and bags. You can also use it for furniture upholstery that gets light use. Sensuede may be better for furniture because it’s heavier and more durable.

You can machine wash Microsuede, but only in cold water and without bleach. Hang to dry instead of using a dryer.


Sensuede is made primarily from recycled polyester using a recycling process that is free from organic solvents like formaldehyde, pesticides, and chlorine. Like Microsuede, it is stain resistant, pet friendly, and easy to use. Sensuede is heavier (13.2 Oz Per Linear Yard) and more durable making it more appropriate for upholstery. In addition to upholstery, Sensuede can be used for automobile and boat interiors, tablet covers, crafts, and fashion accessories.

Gently wash in cool water and a mild detergent. Hang drying is recommended. You can gently iron it at low heat using a press cloth.

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Can you use either of these suedes to make a bag or purse with?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use either for this purpose.
Can brown suede me dyed white?
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