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making stand out edge on petticoat
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Date: 10/20/10 10:09 AM

I am making a costume for a little girl. It's a Marilyn Monroe dress and her mom wants to have a petticoat to make the skirt stand out. I've seen serged edge tulle that was wavy and a bit stiff. Does anyone know how to achieve that look? Thanks.

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Date: 10/20/10 12:35 PM

I'm not positive but I think this can be done by doing a rolled hem over fishing line along the edge of the tulle.

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Date: 10/20/10 3:18 PM

I've not done this using tulle, but I have on a woven poly for show choir. It is made with fishline and, not surprisingly, called a fishline hem. There are different weights of fishline. Use lighter for lightweight fabrics (tulle, chiffon), and heavier weight for heavier fabric (poly, satin, etc.).

Basically, you set your serger to make a rolled hem and feed the fishline into it, over the front of the presser foot, then under, so as not to accidentally cut it with the knife. As you sew, slightly stretch the fabric, which makes the edge curl--more on the bias, less on the straight grain (not an issue with tulle). I'm pretty sure there are special feet for things like fishline (sequins, beading) to keep it from slipping out of the stitching, but with a little practice, it isn't too difficult to feed it yourself.

You can use a regular sewing machine with a narrow zig zag stitch, although you might want to go over it a time or two for good measure. Whereas the serger cuts and sews all in one step, with a zig zag, it would probably be easier to cut off the extra fabric after finishing the hem.

There used to be an excellent tutorial w. pictures online, but I guess it's gone now. If my post isn't clear, there are several other descriptions online.
-- Edited on 10/20/10 3:37 PM --
Oh, and you'll have to go to a sporting goods store for the fishline.
-- Edited on 10/20/10 3:39 PM --

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Date: 10/20/10 3:43 PM

Hi WordNerd! You've answered a question I didn't even know how to ask. I saw a dress with a fishline hem, but had no idea what to call it. So I was just wondering, how did they do that?? I was imagining a whole lot of possibilities that were just wrong. Now I know what to do!

Christine

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For more details, see my blog: http://featherpetalsilk.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for your help.

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Date: 10/20/10 5:33 PM

I happen to have fishline...not sure, but I think it's 20#. I can dis-engage my cutter to do rolled hems on my serger, so that shouldn't be an issue. I guess I'll play around with it. Thanks!

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Date: 10/21/10 7:40 AM

I used to make wedding veils and used a regular zig zag stitch over fishing line, no serger.

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Date: 4/7/12 3:36 PM

Do you think I could use my piping foot on the serger? I want to try this technique!

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