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Date: 6/23/12 4:53 PM

I can't find much info on the silk/rayon blend challis I see here at gorgeous fabrics:

Challis

Do you think it would be terribly difficult for a beginner to work with? Anyone want to push me over the edge here?

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Date: 6/23/12 5:33 PM

Sure, I'll give you a shove.

Go to the Misc. section and pull up one of the first threads, Searching Messages Bumping Threads.

It will explain how to quickly find an earmarked group of threads with lots of information on how to sew with silk and other slippery and/or sheer fabrics.

You'll find Lena's world famous gelatin trick and many other suggestions for managing and handling this fabric which has been described as sheer.

Would your budget allow for an extra 1/4 yard? That should be plenty to test the fabric for washability and to test out your stitches and seam finishes (perhaps French seams) as well as to trial gelatin or starch or another rinse out stabilizer to make it easier to handle the fabric.

You may want to let us know what sewing machine you have. Either post here or with a new question under sewing machines. If you title a post with your machine name and model and a question on how it handles sheers or how to sew sheer fabrics on your machine you should get helpful input.

Bring plenty of patience to the project as each step requires extra attention. The fabric is beautiful, your care and patience in working with it will be well rewarded. The fabric will present a challenge, but one that will cause you to cross over to a new level of skill that will show in all of your future garments.

Now, jump!

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Date: 6/23/12 9:17 PM

Thanks 7yr! Just in case anyone is reading and wants a shortcut, here is a link to the gelatin trick:

Gelatin trick

I have a Bernina Aurora 430 and an 1150MDA serger. I don't have a specialty foot for sheers (does one exist?) but would happily buy one.

Now, would a silk-rayon challis Be comparable To chiffon? Or a little bit like rayon challis? I can't even get my head around what to expect ( I'm a recently converted quilter)

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Date: 6/23/12 9:47 PM

Chiffon would be a good comparable. Not shiny-slippery, but that dry-slippery. If you have a small hole throat plate and straight stitch foot, that would be the time to use them.

If you really want to make it easy sewing, hand baste your seams first, just a 1/4 inch running stitch (don't pull tight) will take but a few minutes and prevent the fabric layers from shifting on you. It's amazing how hand basting tames fabrics.

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Date: 6/25/12 1:10 PM

I would suggest you look into ClairevShaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide 2nd Edition.

I found information on page 208 which speaks about the silk challis.



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Date: 6/26/12 10:58 AM

Thanks Scheri! I just got it in the mail. That chapter does talk about challis and sheers, just nothing specifically about the silk-rayon blend.

I'm waffling about my fabric choice still, but definitely planning a gelatin chiffon petri dish!

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