I have some chiffon fabric that id like to use to make a dress!!
any tips on using chiffon? i found that i need to use a sharper needle and some stabilizer when im cutting the fabric. but i didnt manage to find how to do rolled-hems for chiffon. also how i can succeed in having clean seams. any advice would be very appreciated!

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    Feb 14, 2012, 10.35 PMby patti-r

    Check this out for narrow hems, on fine fabrics I use method 2 : (katexxxxxx member) http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/hemming/hems_at_the_end.htm

    I do not like using the narrow hem foot on regular machine to do chiffons, they fray to easily.

    The overlocker rolled hems are sometimes used but not for a finer finish.

    I do french or felled seams on most of the seam allowances. Hoping others have more tips for you.

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    Feb 14, 2012, 10.45 PMby katexxxxxx

    One sewing seams in sheer fabrics: http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/sheer-seams/making_seams_in_sheer_fabrics.htm

    For cutting, I highly recommend using a rotary cutter. You;ll need a table large enough to lay all the cloth out flat with the pattern on it, a table-sizd cutting mat, and a rotary cutter… And a good bit of practice!

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    Feb 23, 2012, 02.34 PMby erisagirl

    You can also try pinning the fabric to a muslin fabric or an old sheet to give it stability when you cut. I agree that using a rotary cutter is the best way to cut the fabric.

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    Mar 9, 2012, 03.41 AMby sharonparr

    My mum is teaching me to do french seams on a chiffon blouse, (ie Sew it one way and then sew it the other to hide the stitch. I find this has a little (4mm) visible seam, which isn’t too bad if it’s sewn evenly.

    Mum usually uses the overlocker rolled hems, but she does table clothes and chair cover sashes.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 04.31 AMby victorya

    place the pattern under the fabric and lay it ontop. chiffon is relatively see through so you can ensure that the fabric is completely flat before cutting and use the rotary cutter always! make sure its sharp!!!!

    French seams are best, they secure the seams and look nice Rolled hem, some machines come with a foot to do this.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 05.28 AMby arisaid

    Use a teflon foot on your machine!

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    Mar 17, 2012, 08.48 PMby pinkcatflower

    These are some good tips to handle chiffon. I would like to use it sometime soon! It is a bit scary though! I plan on using this weird-sounding tip: http://thesewingspace.com/2011/11/21/gelatin-your-chiffon-or-the-tip-that-keeps-people-talking/

    That’s right, you cook your chiffon up in gelatin. I plan on giving it a go when I do work with it!! :)

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      Mar 18, 2012, 10.16 AMby katexxxxxx

      I tend not to bother as you then have to wash the stuff out of the garment after making it… Chiffon is only fabric. It has no brain cells: you tell it what to do and it does it!

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    Jul 17, 2013, 02.46 PMby waterhousesmuse

    These are all great techniques! Thanks so much everyone. :)

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