I have purchased this stiff silk type of fabric. It is shiny and I was wondering what needle size I should use. Does anyone have any advice on this. Should I wash it first before trying to use it, to remove the stiffness? I got this cute pattern from my fabric store, a burda pattern for little girls. My sewing machine is brand new and I do not want to tear it up with the wrong needle and thread for this fabric. Please Help!!

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    Feb 26, 2014, 08.39 PMby arisaid

    What I would do – wash before using; would use a fine jeans needle (very sharp); and probably a foot on the machine with a teflon coating.

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      Feb 27, 2014, 01.04 AMby artsyme001

      Thanks so much for your response and advice.

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    Feb 27, 2014, 12.39 AMby purplefan

    Since you mentioned the fabric is stiff (has body), it is likely a shantung silk or maybe dupioni. Hand wash the fabric in cool water with a delicate care product (Woolite) , do cool rinse, and spin it out in the washing machine, then let it air dry.

    As for the needle size, a regular size 11 would be my starting point. It would depend also on how thick the fabric is. If it’s thin, you might be able to use a size 9 needle.

    If you have a scrap of the fabric, test your stitches/needle size on it and the thread you are using. Might be better to use cotton thread for silk rather than polyester which might tear it.

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      Feb 27, 2014, 01.05 AMby artsyme001

      Thanks so much for your response and advice. A lot of really great information you gave me to help me out with this. I really appreciate it greatly. :-)

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