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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Please don't laugh...can you serge silk? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/4/09 4:46 PM

I know this sounds like a strange question, but sewing silk is always so frustrating...I am wondering whether serging the seams of silk would help at all, or whether it would be even more troublesome than machine sewing...

Any comments?

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Date: 2/4/09 5:21 PM

I don't use a serger for construction, so I can't say either way. What I'd suggest though is to use some scraps and try it to see if you prefer it.

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Date: 2/4/09 5:21 PM

If it is a thin silk you're liable to get too much thread and the doubled seams will show on the outside. I also don't see it as easier because of the slippery nature of thin silks.

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Subject: Please dont laugh...can you serge silk? Date: 2/4/09 5:23 PM

Maybe do a 2-thread rolled hem?

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Date: 2/4/09 5:24 PM

there are many types of silk....what exact type are you talking about? And do you mean to serge as a finish only or as the main construction method?

I usually serge the edges of boucle type silk wovens, at least the front, back, sleeves....to decrease raveling before I sew on the sewing machine.

Some lightweights do nicely with a rolled edge.....

I have never just serged a construction seam on silk, but maybe others have.

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Subject: Please dont laugh...can you serge silk? Date: 2/4/09 5:27 PM

Hi Lisa,

I've done rolled hems on crepe-de-chine. which is a very thin silk. It was for this outfit. I sewed the seams on my sewing machine using a size 8 needle and finished the seams with a 3 thread overlock stitch.

Worked for me!

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Date: 2/4/09 5:33 PM

A 2 thread regular over edge or a rolled hem is usually the best for silky or light weight fabrics and you will probably need to adjust the foot pressure and DF.
If tension adjustments are needed you might need to tighten your lower looper and possibly lower the tension on the upper looper and and shorten the stitch length. It depends on if doing a rolled edge or overedge for the needle tensions. You might need to tighten the needle tension to prevent the thread from showing on the other side or you might need to loosen the needle tension to help prevent puckers if the DF does not take care of that.
Different fabrics will have different results as does using different threads so you might wish to experiment a bit.

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Date: 2/4/09 5:35 PM

Oooh, nice outfit Deepika.

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Date: 2/5/09 5:19 PM

good question!!!! thanks for asking...

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Subject: Please dont laugh...can you serge silk? Date: 2/5/09 7:54 PM

It's not a silly question, and yes, you can. I'm currently making a Mimosa Top from silk/cotton tweed--ravels like mad, so I pre-finished all the raw edges with a serged edge no problem.

With testing, I'm sure you can also serge other types of silk. I'd be more inclined to serge as an edge finish vs. construction, although that's your choice and depends on the specific silk you're working on.

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