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Making bias tape to match chiffon fabric
Making bias tape from sheer fabric
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Date: 5/27/13 1:54 AM

I have a beautiful chiffon floral fabric and a pattern that calls for bias tape at v neck edges. Can I make bias tape from the sheer chiffon or would I be better off matching one of the colors in the floral fabric with regular double fold bias tape? Chiffon is scary to work with!

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Date: 5/27/13 1:56 AM

Or how about a stretch lace for tye binding?

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Date: 5/27/13 1:57 AM

Sorry.....meant the binding

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Date: 5/27/13 9:16 AM

I would take a piece of left over fabric, big enough to make the bias cuts and, dunk it in a mixture of the following: 2 teaspoons of gelatine to 1/2 cup boiling water and stir to dissolve. then add about 1.5 cups of warm water to the above. soak the chiffon in warm water, squeeze out the exesss water and add to the gelatine / water mixture. leave for 15 minutes or so until you think that the gelatine mixture has permeated through your chiffon. gently sqeeeze out excess gelatine/water from the chiffon and lay flat to dry, this is important so that the gelating doesn't drip out of the fabric. You can then iron the chiffon and cut your bias strips. sew as you would a normal fabric. The chiffon will be much more manageable and will just wash out in normal laundering. also, I always test the method before sewing on the "real" garment so that I know how the fabric behaves.

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Date: 5/27/13 6:40 PM

...Adding to Sue's advice, the reason you'd want to stick with your chiffon for the binding is that you want it to be the same weight as the rest of the fabric. Binding can quickly build up and get bulky, which can affect drape, especially on something as lightweight and airy as chiffon. (I just made a project using lightweight velveteen, and it was astonishing how bulky the binding got, even when the body of the project didn't seem heavy at all.)

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Date: 5/29/13 9:51 PM

no gelatin, but can i use starch?

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Date: 5/29/13 10:06 PM

I've used spray starch using several v. light coats and drying in between rather than one heavy one.

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