I've recently been sewing some fabric hats -- pretty typical sunhats with extra-large brims.  They have that floppy look.  I'm considering sewing a wire along the perimeter of the hat to give it more structure.  

With the materials I have used in the hats, without the wire, they could be washed in the washing machine or dry cleaned.  

How would I clean the hat with the wire?  

The remainder of the materials in the hat are 100% cotton duck for the hat, washable interfacing, and quilt batting.  

Thanks in advance for your help.  


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Have you ever used the nylon brim reed ?


I have used in floppy fabric brims strengthened with a canvas - using zipper foot against the plastic wire & sewing a welt around edge to house it. Not an expert in this area and hope someone else has experience they can share. Elaine

Thanks so much.  That product looks much better than a wire!



I am late in responding, but I use plastic millinery wire for all of the washable hats that I make.  Works great, but caution hand washing, rather than throwing in with a washer of jeans. LOL


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