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Date: 3/24/13 5:58 AM

Hi,

I am planning to sew a top with stretch velvet and I've never worked with stretch velvet before. I feel fine about sewing it up but I am unsure of the finishing details. And of course I only have three days to sew it in because I am silly like that! I am wondering what came over me in the fabric store..... If you could help I would be most grateful.

1. The neck is very wide and low so I would like to use woven satin bias binding to finish the neck (I will still get it on fine) but I am not sure how I will manage applying the bias tape if I cannot press it. Any ideas?

2.What is the best way to finish the hem and sleeve hems? Can I just treat it like a normal knit?

I would be so thrilled if anyone can help! Thank you

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Date: 3/25/13 9:13 AM

You can finger press and that might be enough. Otherwise, assuming you don't have a velvet needle board, you can put the velvet plush side down on a towel and steam and then finger press. That should work.

For the hems, I have done both normal turn up and hem and rolled hems. Both worked. The rolled hem will lettuce a bit b/c of the stretch of the fabric unless you are very good with the differential feed on your serger. I like it lettuced so that wasn't a problem for me.

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Date: 3/25/13 11:52 AM

I would use twin needle to finish the hem and sleeves or a coverstitch machine if you have one.

If I were to apply bias to the neck I would leave the seam allowance the width I want the bias to appear from the right side, and then just fold the tape over the seam allowance and stitch in the ditch to finish. Remember the bias will not need to be finishes as it will not fray out with normal use.

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Date: 3/27/13 10:08 PM

Thank you for your replies

I could not make the bias binding work. In the end I finished the neckline with clear elastic applied to the wrong side, flipped under and top stitched. I just turned the hems under.

It came out quite well but it's been hard to get a photo of. Thanks for the help.

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Date: 3/28/13 11:20 AM

Good for you!

Wear it in good health.

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