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I’m using polyester chiffon for the top layer of five bridesmaids’ dresses. I’m managing to handle the chiffon OK, apart from one thing! The seams are ruching up slightly. This means they look unsightly and the chiffon layer has ended up shorter on every seam than the skirt underneath.

I’m using a very fine needle and a small stitch, as advised, and I’m keeping the chiffon taught, but still the chiffon is ruching up slightly. Does anyone have any advice they can offer me? I read that thread can make a difference, but I’m not convinced.


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    Mar 21, 2013, 11.43 PMby arisaid

    Have you tried using a Teflon coated foot.

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    Mar 22, 2013, 04.53 AMby arisaid

    It is a good idea to starch the seams before you sew to make the fabric “firmer” and easier to manage. Also do French seams for a really good finish. I use a jeans needle which is very very sharp rather than a universal. Also I do regular sized stitches. Good luck and let us know how you go with the dresses.

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    Mar 22, 2013, 11.32 AMby Katherine330

    Thank you. I’ll look into both suggestions.

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    Jun 23, 2013, 08.26 AMby porcini

    How did you get on? I’m just about to start Newlook 6211 and I wanted to edit it to have floaty chiffon sleeves and perhaps a dress overlay. So I’m currently looking for every chiffon tip I can find! Know any good hemming techniques?

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