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missamazingrae
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Date: 1/22/14 11:21 AM

Hi everyone =) ,

Completely new to sewing here.

I'm starting a little project (I feel weird calling it a 'line', lol) that specifically caters to burlesque performers - garments that are made to be easily removed - and I'm already running in to some problems.

Before, when I made my own costumes, it was acceptable to make those no-sew tulle skirts by tying the tulle to a side-release gait belt, because the belt made for an easy-to-remove skirt. However, if i'm going to be making these for paying customers, I need to actually SEW them.

I'm going to be starting with tea length tulle skirts that have a nylon webbing belt with a side-release buckle. The problem is that I've been reading up on it, and I'm seeing a lot of things that say nylon webbing is incredibly hard to sew.

Is it impossible to sew a fabric like tulle (these will be several layers) onto something like nylon webbing?

Any hints and help would be GREATLY appreciate <3

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Date: 1/22/14 11:34 AM

I don't remember sewing nylon webbing being a problem. It probably depends on your sewing machine and how many layers of nylon webbing you are sewing through. You are going to be using a sewing machine, aren't you? Or are you going to be sewing these by hand?

It would not be too difficult to sew tulle to nylon webbing with a machine. Challenging at first, but you would develop a technique. By hand? I wouldn't even try. Not that it can't be done, probably. I just wouldn't have the patience.

Good luck with your business.

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Date: 1/22/14 3:47 PM

Is there a reason it must be *nylon* webbing? Cotton webbing is available in lots of colors and widths, and is comfortable to wear and easy to sew. You'll need to find a way to keep the cut ends from fraying (like Fraycheck, a sort of glue), because they won't melt like the nylon.

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Date: 1/22/14 4:45 PM

I agree with frame - don't see what the problem would be. I've used the nylon webbing for handles on bags (which involved sewing it to cotton, not tulle, but still similar), and it has sewn very nicely, even on my cheapo mechanical. I also would never want to hand sew it. Pinning may be difficult (get those clips instead if you can find them), mostly because the webbing will bend funny when pinned.

The issue may just be sewing multiple layers of the webbing? That would be tough w/out an industrial machine. Several layers of tulle should be an issue!

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Date: 1/22/14 8:14 PM

I sew nylon webbing all the time, and have no difficulty with it using old cast iron machines. I'm not sewing lightweight fabric to it though.

Have you thought about using a lighter weight material? I'm thinking nylon grosgrain that's used for edging on heavy duty project. It's stupidly strong, much easier to deal with than webbing, and still rather stiff.

Just a thought. Good luck with the costuming gig!

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Date: 1/23/14 0:58 AM

I use nylon webbing routinely for dog collars and embellish it on my old mechanical machine. Have also used a newer computer one but its not as powerful at top speeds.

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Date: 1/23/14 10:47 AM

Keep this in the hopper for later on if you decide to get an industrial machine but a needle feed is what you will need (and love). This will get you started, there's so much out there (youtube etc) that I hope you're not overwhelmed. Needle feed sewing machines.

I have a Juki 9010 and it has been a lifesaver for any kind of difficult to feed, tricky fabrics.

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