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Date: 7/22/13 4:35 PM

I am sure someone here can answer this question. I have tried to sew on this fabric and found that stitching gathers up or, if it doesn't gather, it draws the fabric up tight. For example, I attached binding to armholes and found that the circumference of the armholes was decreased dramatically, even though they didn't appear gathered. I used a walking foot but am wondering about using tissue paper or some other removeable stabilizer. Does anyone have any experience with this fabric?

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Date: 7/22/13 4:42 PM

I don't know, but I have a few of these in my stash waiting to be sewn. I'll be watching the replies

Are you making a jacket? I was hoping to make a knit jacket and use the mesh on the sleeves.

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Date: 7/22/13 4:55 PM

That kind of fabric sews fine in my serger instead, but it has longer feed dogs, longer pressure foot and differential feed.

On your sewing machine if not working good, and you have tried everything else, (like taut sewing and other needle types and all that) then something layered in there, probably would help. I would try clear wash away stabilizer first, on the stitch plate side at least, over sewing through paper on yours though, just since that would wash aout later, and you would not have to tear it out with your thumb holding it down, and then try to pick out any left over bits of paper later. Or maybe you could paint it with something, to make it stiff first. I don't think you can just iron on layers of startch on it though to do that, (like you could if cotton instead) as it's probably just going to melt because of it's low melt temp even, so I don't think that is an option.

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Date: 7/22/13 5:33 PM

Laura - I would go straight to the wash away wonder tape and see how that works. Is this stretchy fabric? If so, a serger is your best bet but a slight zig zag would help keep some stretchability in it.

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Date: 7/22/13 5:53 PM

Marcy Tilton just had a blog post, you can get them on her website, on how to sew mesh fabrics. One thing is to sew very slowly. I don't recall the rest of her advice, but it's easy to find.

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Date: 7/23/13 0:07 AM

I knew I would get help here. Thanks for the great suggestions! I am going to experiment over the next few days with some of these ideas and will come back with anything new I might learn. I am off to read Marci Tilton's blog post now.

I would love to make some of this mesh into a swimsuit coverup. Nothing too structured...maybe a simple sleeveless t-shirt pattern, lengthened to above my knees. But, I have also envisioned the mesh as sleeves in an otherwise opaque t-shirt. Anyway, I would LOVE to get some of these ideas made up before summer is over!

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Date: 7/23/13 11:19 AM

I have sewn it before--I treat it like a knit and use a narrow zig zag. I also reduce presser foot pressure -- if you have that option on your machine it may help.

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Date: 7/26/13 11:14 PM

I used a strip of tear away stabilizer to keep the stitches from gathering.

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Date: 7/27/13 7:49 AM

Jalie video - skating dress starts with sewing mesh knit

I haven't sewn mesh knits but I got a lot out of this video when trying different ways of binding a neckline.

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