Plain-weave fabric made of cotton or poly/cotton blends not less than 128 threads per square inch. Typically won't last too long for use in bed linen but acceptable if you know that going in. Sooner or later you'll be able to see right through muslin. lol
fine, thin semi-transparent cotton. Main types are: 1) Book, which is like swiss but coarser; 2) Indian, which is soft, thin, silky and opaque; 3) Leno, which is open and stiff; 4) Madras, which has a transparent ground with a darned pattern in thick soft thread; 5) Mull, much like Indian but not as silky; 6) Organdy, a soft opaque muslin with raised spots worked in, and 7) Swiss, a nearly transparent muslin with a hard finish.
Muslin is a firm, medium- to heavyweight, plain weave cotton fabric made in a variety of qualities. Muslin made with low-grade cotton fiber with small pieces from the cotton plant is often used in apparel design.
An inexpensive, medium weight, plain weave, low count (less than 160 threads per square inch) cotton sheeting fabric. In its unfinished form, it is commonly used in fashion design to make trial garments for preliminary fit.
Historically, a fine cotton fabric used for clothing and home furnishings. In the twentieth century, the term "muslin" usually refers to an inexpensive woven fabric that has not been dyed and is available bleached (white) or unbleached (natural off white). Unbleached muslin has been very popular for quilt backing.
Although not always considered to be a fine, lightweight cotton fabric, muslin is thin and sheer. The name comes from mussolin which was woven in Mosul, a city in the northern tip of Iraq near the boarder with Turkey on the river Tigis. Muslin is produced in India and many Hindi names are used to describe it: malmal, mallmol or mulmull from which the word mull is derived. There are several other local Indian names used to describe different muslins: alabalee, ajiji, alliabably, jhuna, shabnam and sullah. Book binding muslin has a hard, stiff finish, but not a true muslin. See Dacca muslin.
A plain weave cotton fabric, generally used as the background fabric for patches of applique'. Muslin comes in a variety of different shades of beige (unbleached is ecru or beige) and if the manufacturer bleaches the muslin, it will appear whiter. There is permanent press muslin that will not wrinkle. Since muslin comes in a wide range of weights, be sure to buy a good quality.