Member since 8/9/06
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 6/26/07 3:09 PM
So, just a quick question, how does everyone finish their seams when making the typical satin or satin-like gowns? I'm making my little sisters dress for the wedding and I think I might go crazy! It's a polyester satin, very light weight and drapy, reminds me of a charmeuse. It's sews wonderfully, no puckering at all! And I bought the fabric from Hobby Lobby for $2.99/yd.
So, does everyone serge their edges? I've tried a three thread on my serger. Not pretty. Either I need new blades, or something is catching the fabric and making it snag. I've gotten some great finishes and the next time, it looks terrible. I've tried messing with the tension, thread and pressure foot.
I would appreciate any advice on this topic!
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 7/1/07 6:41 AM
Well, I either pink them or leave them. In a lined dress which will be worn a limited number of times (ususally only once!) and not tossed in a washing machine, the seams just aren't under enough stress to need any more robust finishing. Bias cut edges won't fray anyway.
For an unlined dress, where the seams will be subject to a bit of wear, I'd use a three thread overlock. If you're not getting good results, you might need to have the blades sharpened, or use smaller, sharper needles. Of most importance though, the tension might well need to be adjusted to allow for the fact that a single layer of lightweight fabric just wants to crumple up as the loopers pull thread over it. Have a play with different settings and see what works best.
If you like handsewing, a hand overcast edge works very well. It doesn't add bulk and won't distort the edge, but it does take a while to do. Good luck with whatever you end up doing.
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