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Date: 5/28/12 3:33 PM

I tried using a 3 thread narrow overlay for the sleeve seam allowance but the stitches came off the fabric. Is this typical. What experience have other people had. I am using silk chiffon overlayed on crepe de silk.
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Date: 5/28/12 6:02 PM

A narrow hem on my sewing machine is what I would do. There are a number of ways to do it and good tutorials should be easy to find.

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Date: 5/28/12 7:44 PM

I know there are several threads that discuss this, but of course I can't seem to find them right now. One trick I have used is to paint regular washable white glue (slightly watered down) on to the edge I was trying to sew. I let it dry then serged my hem and the fabric stayed together really well. The glue actually just fell out afterward just fine, but as it is washable, you could wash it out. Since you have two fabrics, you could glue them together and stitch away. Wash Away Wonder Tape might also work.

I don't know why some fabrics do this and others don't. I tried all sorts of thread and tension combos and nothing worked until I glued it.

HERE is a link to the fabulous gelatin trick thread. I tired it on my last gown and the treated silk floated just as nicely as the untreated chiffon.

This photo and the next one, if the link worked, show the pretty floats.
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Date: 5/28/12 7:49 PM

Yes it's pretty normal on silk chiffon. Use the gelatin trick as mentioned above. Works a treat!!

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Date: 5/28/12 10:09 PM

Try a smaller needle and increase the stitch lenght. Wash away stabilizer that's used in machine embroidery also helps.

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Date: 5/28/12 10:59 PM

Tourist, I've embedded a search term in several threads that might be the ones you were thinking of.

These two words strung together with no space between them.

chiffon thread

Use the Search Board on the upper right. Search the term above (remember, one long word, no space) in Messages, leave the poster name blank.

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Date: 5/29/12 8:01 AM

I've been given some pretty floral scarf-type chiffons and wanted to make the simple T-top blouses for DIL to wear over a cami. I have not worked with sheers a lot other than curtains.

1. How do you deal with pinning those shifting whisker edges to sew French side and shoulder seams (no serger). Can you use something like tacky/Aleen glues or starch?
2. How do you handle the scoop necklines and bias neck binding other than stay-stitching?

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Date: 5/29/12 8:13 AM

Do the stitches stay on when the glue is washed out?

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Date: 5/29/12 9:56 AM

gramma b - the gelatine trick will help with a lot of those problems. Wash away wonder tape is brilliant for seams on chiffon, but glue would also work. Aleene's makes a bunch of glues, so just be sure it is one that will wash out. Things like necklines would be a real bear without some serious stabilizing.

Clarew - I didn't actually wash the project I used all the glue on, but the stitches did stay on after the glue flaked off.. I was quite surprised that they did! I was prepared to wash it off if I had to, but it was yards and yards of ballroom gown crinoline, so I decided not to. If there were a few bits left over, nobody would see them.

7yr - thanks for the reminder about the search!

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Date: 5/29/12 12:55 PM

Wow in regard to the photos. Those dresses look beautiful. I read yours and the other replies in regard to gelatin. Very interesting. At this point my garment is finished except for the hems but I'll remember that for next time I use chiffon. What brand of white gue do you use? And do you use the glue for the purpose of gluing two fabrics together or to change the texture of the single layer of chiffon before serging? Thanks, Pat

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