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Date: 3/20/14 1:32 PM

So I'm working on a dress that will feature a tulle overlay skirt. I have a few questions to ask. First, after being in storage my tulle has gone crazy wrinkly (even after folding it nicely); what is the best way to remove wrinkles from tulle? Another question I have is what is the best way to hem and seam tulle? I was thinking about using a french seam and a rolled hem, but I've seen many dresses where the tulle is left raw. Is it okay to leave a raw edge on the skirt? I know tulle isn't as uncomfortable as netting. Thoughts?
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Date: 3/20/14 1:41 PM

Chococat, sounds like you're going to make a beautiful dress! One question tho, what's fabric content of the tulle? Is it polyester, nylon, silk, etc?

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Date: 3/20/14 3:44 PM

I don't think you need to hem tulle.

I made a veil from silk tulle and it was easy to steam with a regular iron.

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Date: 3/21/14 7:02 AM

To get wrinkles out, lay the tulle (folded in 4ths is easiest) over your ironing board, steam and very gently iron at the lowest temp your iron will make steam.

you can use regular seams, they won't show and won't ravel. French seams are for sheer fabric that ravels. And don't hem it. It looks better and tulle skirt are usually so full you would be hemming for at least a week, maybe the rest of your life!

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Date: 3/21/14 8:34 AM

My usual tip for using tulle is don't....but your dress sounds like it will be lovely!! I do use either a french or a mock flat felled seam when I sew with tulle for extra security...sometimes both! Steaming is the best way to get wrinkles out, even a hand steamer is lovely for that if you have one. You can use an iron, but be careful with the fabric content of the tulle. Finally, I agree with others to leave a tulle hem unfinished. It gives light, air, and the typical tulle look to it. Hemming tulle would be pretty awkward and difficult I imagine, although I have seen people bind the edge with ribbon to finish it in certain circumstances.

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Date: 3/21/14 6:09 PM

Thank you everyone! I'm going to try and steam it to let the wrinkles out. I prefer the look of a raw edge, so I'm glad to hear that's okay.Hopefully I'll be able to get working on it soon so I can post pictures.
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Date: 3/25/14 3:27 AM

Cut the tulle with a rotary cutter to eliminate the little jags that sissors can leave with each blade closing. If you can cut without the jags, ignore my advice.

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