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Date: 9/15/12 3:14 PM

I picked up some fine iridescent mesh fabric at Joann's. I was thinking of making a skirt with it for Halloween, layering it over a taffeta. But I have no clue how to deal with the fabric. It's not a stretch, and is a very fine mesh. How do you finish seams and hems? I'm used to pressing alot, this stuff will only take a delicate press at most, and that's with a press cloth. I'd put up a link to it, but I can't find it on the web page. I'm open to suggestions and links about handling this kind of fabric.
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Date: 9/16/12 1:14 AM

No need to press or finish the seams or even make a hem. Using matching poly thread and sew with a narrow zigzag stitch or serger.

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Date: 9/16/12 9:55 AM

Mary, if you have a serger, consider using woolly nylon or poly in the loopers to soften the seams. Sometimes these meshes canbe scratchy.

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Date: 9/16/12 10:53 AM

If you are putting it over taffeta, could you layer them and treat the two as one? That way the mesh will stabilized by the taffeta.

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Date: 9/16/12 11:42 AM

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If you are putting it over taffeta, could you layer them and treat the two as one? That way the mesh will stabilized by the taffeta.

Now, that is a great idea!

To add to this:

Lay down a layer of tissue paper. Place the taffeta, then the mesh over it. Right sides up.

Next, pin the pattern, fabrics and tissue together just inside the seam allowance. Cut out the pattern. Remove the tissue and pattern, but keep the layers pinned in place.

Sew the two together, right side up as pinned @ 1/4".

Trim close to the stitching.

Flip to inside out. Finger press as you sew again at 1/4" and you will have an enclosed seam that will not fray.

Test with scraps of the fabric first to get the feel for the technique.

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Date: 9/17/12 10:13 AM

Sewing the taffeta and mesh all together. Interesting idea, but I'm not quite sure I understand it. Would you essentially make it all one fabric with sewing it together? I would like the bottom edges to be seperate so the mesh floats a little. I don't have a pattern for this, I'm probably just making a rectangular gathered skirt. fabric example This isn't the exact fabric, but it's very close. I have a dark red taffeta for underneath. I'm basically looking for a full knee length skirt of the taffeta with the fancy stuff layered over it. Any more suggestions-or explanations for the confused person-are appreciated.
Mary

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