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Date: 11/10/11 6:05 PM

This will be my second Christmas with my sewing machine; I'm still very much a beginner.
I plan to sew my SIL a chiffon infinity scarf. So far I have read to sew with the chiffon sandwiched between tissue paper which I plan to do. My biggest question is should I use a french seam? Or does it not matter because the seams will be enclosed?
I bought the chiffon from Joanns and it does fray.
Obviously this is my first time using chiffon and I'm quite scared of it.
Thank you so much for your time and help.
Sarah

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Date: 11/10/11 6:47 PM

I made a couple. There are several photos by Googling online sites and I think YouTube. There are also scarf-tying videos that might help you decide the length you want.

If you cut it less wide and double it,
then you don't have to worry about tricky seam finishes.
Sew the long sides together RST, then turn that tube right side out,
do a twist or two and pin the 2 ends again RST. Sew as much
of that seam together all around as you can (easy since it's so light), turn the last little opening right side out and close by hand ladder-stitching.

You can also make these the wrinkly kind, nice if you choose a solid color. Just wet the finished scarf, loop it on a doorknob and twist it til it backs up on itself to the door, then loop it and let dry. You can always iron lightly to go back to a flat scarf.

I found a nice plaid soft knit in Hancock's that worked well for a little heavier scarf for winter. In 60" wide, it doesn't take much fabric, and cheaper than store bought.

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Date: 11/10/11 8:14 PM

gramma b,

Thanks for the tip on making the scarves crinkley. That will be a fun way to make a scarf play double duty.
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Sarahdo,

I bumped this thread in the Beginner's section to the top.
Beginner's - Finishing Seams on Chiffon Fabric
Go down the first page until you get to Lena Martin's suggestion on using gelatin. I think she answered another question about the gelatin further into the thread.

If you like Lena's suggestion, please post a reply on that thread to bump it up for someone else. I've let her know that I keep passing her tip along..

I hope you are enjoying your sewing machine. It is so much fun to make something special for the people you care about. Best wishes
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Date: 11/18/11 11:30 PM

Thank you both very much! I did use the gelatin and it worked like a charm. I actually bought more chiffon today and it's sitting in some gelatin right now!

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Date: 11/18/11 11:32 PM

Isn't the gelatin tip the best! I bought more chiffon too after successfully sewing a chiffon top dipped in gelatin. I no longer look at chiffon with dread.

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Date: 11/19/11 0:00 AM

It's the greatest idea, isn't it. I'm planning on trying it on unruly knits also and seeing how it works compared to starch.

Bet you're actually having fun working with your chiffon now.

Best wishes, happy sewing.

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Date: 11/21/11 3:47 AM

Yay, another happy customer!I have put the tip on my blog, so from now on it will be easier to find here Gelatin your Chiffon trick

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Date: 11/22/11 10:06 AM

If its a poly you can also twist it up and secure it with some hair elastics nice and tight. Throw it in the dryer when you do the next couple of loads and that will usually heat seat the wrinkles permantly. When you take it out of the dryer carefully remove the elastics and let it sit undisturbed to finish the final drying. It is hard for the dryer to get into the deep wrinkles. The next day you should be good to go.

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Date: 11/22/11 12:24 PM

As always, thanks Lena.

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Solosmocker, it's been so long since I scrunched pleated anything I had forgotten about that. Your reminder immediately brought a fabric in mind to work in a an of scrunch pleating.

Future search term: chiffonthread
Future search term: stabilizergelatinthread
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Date: 3/27/12 1:24 PM

Saw a couple of hints online for working with silk chiffon last night. They were included in the online newsletter for a group that meets separately from their usual larger ASG group to focus on garment sewing.

One of the ladies keeps a piece of muslin on hand to lay out on her cutting table first. Then she lays the chiffon on top of the muslin. And, finally, she lays the pattern pieces on top of the chiffon. She pins through all the layers. She only cuts the chiffon. She does not cut into her base of muslin. She says it keeps the chiffon from shifting on the table. Easier enough to try.

Another of the ladies is a climber. She uses a dauber with the same chalk she uses on her hands when she climbs. She lays out her chiffon and then lays the already cut pattern pieces on top. She uses the dauber all around to 'pound' in the outline. When the pattern pieces are removed, everything is clearly marked for cutting. She likes this as the cutting lines stay accurate for her even if the fabric shifts.

Lena's gelatin is still my favorite, but these seemed to be very helpful approaches.

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