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Date: 2/6/13 7:56 AM

Quite some time ago I remember seeing (or even posting on) a thread about sewing chiffon. I can't find it now, so it's probably over a year old.

I'm making a silk chiffon collar for a dress. It cut out ok, only a few weird jaggedy bits that I was able to trim off ... any wonderful tips for sewing it? Layer it with tissue? Starch it? IIRC, the prior recommendation was to dip it in gelatin? How you do then get the gelatin (or the starch) out again? (It's silk, and white chiffon on a plum colored dress, so it won't wash.)
I will be doing french seams. Anything special I need to know for french seams on a curvy collar? (I will certainly practice on a scrap before sewing.)

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Date: 2/6/13 8:44 AM

I think this is the thread you were looking for. Good luck with your project! Chiffon is lovely, but likes wriggle about.

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Date: 2/6/13 4:37 PM

I don't think that was the exact thread, but it does have much of the info I was looking for. Thanks.

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Date: 2/6/13 9:39 PM

Could it be this thread?

If not, have you tried the search function, located at the top of the column at the left of the screen? You can search boards, and you can search words in either the topic or the message.
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Date: 2/6/13 9:49 PM

chiffon thread

Take those two words and put them together as one - no space between the words. Use it in the Message Board search function. Search messages, not titles. Do not fill in a poster's name. Leave it at the default setting to search all forums.

Several threads have that 'word' embedded in them so that a search will pull them all up.
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Date: 2/7/13 4:53 AM

One things that comes to mind about french seams on a chiffon collar is the following method. Unfortunately I can't remember who posted it, but it sounds ingenious.

Serge the seam, wrong sides together. Then turn inside out and stitch as closely to the serged seam as possible. Turn again and press.

This should work well with curved seams and the seam allowance should look very neat even with the sheer fabric. I have not tried it myself though. Maybe someone here has?

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Date: 2/7/13 9:09 AM

I just altered a top that a client got from Target (one of the Neiman Marcus in Target deals). the lining was poly chiffon with french seams, and it was done just as you described.

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Date: 2/7/13 9:14 AM

That would require owning a serger, which I do not.

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Date: 4/6/14 5:49 PM

What about underarm seams with the French seam method? Fabrics that "whisker" need French seams everywhere without a serger.
I haven't seen the bulky part of crossover seams explained with this method either.

How do you get the least bulk for a bias-bound sleeveless armhole?
They are easiest to bind when sewn only at shoulder and then left open at the bottom. Then what with the side seams?

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