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Hi, I am sewing with a stretch lace fabric, and it seems to be sort of slipping along the seeam. I thought a small french seam might fix the best way to go, but it doesn’t seem to be working.

Does anyone have any tips for sewing with lace fabrics? Maybe a small zip xag would wokr better? I think this is filled somewhere in the “I used to know this once” section of my brain.


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    Jan 6, 2010, 05.12 PMby mlssfshn

    You may need to pin obsessively and use a stretch stitch. Something else that might help is water soluble double sided seam basting tape (know as Wonder Tape http://www.crazyforquilting.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi?product=notions_1&productid=wondertape&tracking5=froogle), but don’t stitch into the tape it will gum up your needle

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    Jan 7, 2010, 12.02 AMby emily greensmith

    thanks, i’ll give that a try. it also seems to be showing through the seam when i open the seam flat. does any one have a trick for this? would smaller stitch length help or hinder do you think?

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    Jan 7, 2010, 04.38 AMby mlssfshn

    When you mean showing do you mean the thread is gaping out, it could be a tension problem as well as stitch length.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 12.10 AMby katexxxxxx

    I’d serge it…You need to do a lot of tests to get the stitch length and tension correct. And consider using woolly nylon in the loopers.

    If you don’t have a serger, use a short narrow zigzag for the seams, and a wider one with an over-edge foot for neatening both edges together after trimming.

    Use stretch needles in whichever machine you choose to use, and hand baste the seams first! Lace is always tricksy and can be the very devil if you are not firm with it.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 10.14 PMby brandymccoy


    Check out this site, I think you’ll find all the info you need:)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 08.49 PMby emily greensmith

    thanks all :)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 08.53 PMby emily greensmith

    that site is exactly what I needed thanksBrandyMccoy

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      Jan 13, 2010, 09.04 PMby brandymccoy

      your very welcome:)

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