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Date: 12/29/11 10:40 AM

are these two items the same?

I'm so frustrated.
I have to sew up some skirts from very slippery fabric- most are the silky polyester type material and a few silk all on the bias.

I already made one up and has to toss it because it came out TOO SMALL despite my cutting it out on the proper seam lines. I guess the material 'ran away' from me as I was cutting it out unbeknownst to me

I even sewed it up wit a 1/4 inch seam as opposed to the 5/8 inch it called for. And it's still too tight!

I went to the fabric store and sold me a spray can of Dritz Adhesive.
How do I use this?

Do I spray it directly on to my slippery fabric- on the right side or wrong side? And most importantly- will this wash out ??
No one at the store knew.

Is this the same as a fabric stabilizer?

Please help as time is running out for me.

Thank you for ANY help!
-- Edited on 12/29/11 10:47 AM --

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Date: 12/29/11 10:47 AM

I use spray adhesives in quilting. I would not use it on silk. I would try a test on the backside of the poly fabric (check for stains) and spray in well ventilated area. I also use a walking foot when sewing slippery materials it helps with even feed. If the material is not going to be washed I would not use the spray.

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Date: 12/29/11 10:49 AM

The skirts will be washed- so this Dritz spray adhesive will wash out?

Is this different from a 'fabric stabilizer'

thank you :)

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Date: 12/29/11 12:06 PM

Faultess Spray starch is your best friend with fabrics like these. You lay the fabrics out nice and flat before cutting them, spray them liberally, let them dry (does not take long), and you do not even have to iron them before working on them. They will feel like good cotton during construction, and the starch will wash right out in the washing machine when they are done.

With bias cut skirts you often need a surprising amount of ease (I think Marcy Tilton mentioned something like ten inches around the hips!). A couple of inches certainly will not do it, so be sure to check your patterns' measurements carefully before cutting. Oh, and the standard side seam allowance with bias is one and a half inches, too, because the seam allowances get skinnier when there is weight on them.

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Date: 12/29/11 12:56 PM

Thank you SO much for this information.
Thank you both :)

I have learned the hard way that cutting out fabric on the bias turns out to be at least 2-3 sizes smaller than I want

So would you recommend that I cut the fabric 2-3 sizes BIGGER than I want?

Also- If I spray the slippery fabric with the spray starch- do I still cut "larger" or cut my regular size?
this is still confusing to me.

Thank you again.

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Date: 12/29/11 12:58 PM

I second the starch.

Any slippery fabric (charmeuse, chiffon) that can be washed gets liberally starched before working with it.

I don't have a large area where I can lay it out, so I hang it over the shower rod and spray and spray. Let it dry, and it will be as stiff as newspaper.

Be careful pressing though...any crease you press into it is going to stay.

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Date: 12/29/11 1:17 PM

HI Michelle- do I need to cut my skirt BIGGER when I spray starch it or no?
If I spray starch it- I can cut it out to my regular size- ?
--Bias cut pattern--
-- Edited on 12/29/11 1:19 PM --

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Date: 12/29/11 1:26 PM

If you can, mark the seam lines where they belong for your size, and then leave extra generous seam allowances (i.e., extra fabric. That way when it comes time to sew you'll know where the seamlines should be, and you'll have enough fabric to adjust, if necessary

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Date: 12/29/11 2:27 PM

The adhesive, if it's the same kind I have, is temporary--you can use it instead of pins, and eventually it unsticks.

So it has a different function (making two fabrics stick together rather than making one fabric more solid and easier to handle). Both starch and adhesive can address a slipping problem--with adhesive, though, both sides might still slip away, just together rather than one at a time.

(Also, the adhesive I bought was considerably more expensive than spray starch....)

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Date: 12/29/11 3:50 PM

Yes you spray starch, let the fabric dry, then cut out with very wide seams 2" - 5" which ever you have enough fabric for. As was said you may want to thread trace your sewing line on the fabric and use a walking foot if you have one. Also let the skirt hang at least 24 hr before sewing the hem.You can do it!

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