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Friday, July 13, 2007

Sewing Silk - Sewing Video and Guidelines

Sewing Silk

Sewing Friends:

Silk is a favorite fabric of mine. I love the way it looks and feels. Silk is not that difficult to sew. You just have to know a few tricks to help you achieve sewing success. Don't be afraid to try it. Check out some of the advice here in the sewing video and guidelines. Apply what you learn to your next sewing project with silk. You will like it, too.

Here is a sewing video entitled, "Helpful Hints for Sewing Silk" by Sandra Betzina.

Sandra Betzina, TV host and author, takes some of the guesswork out of sewing with this slippery fabric. Shifting fabric, snags, and puckered seams are just a few of the pitfalls in working with silk. In this video, Sandra Betzina, host of HGTV's Sew Perfect and author of Fabric Savvy, offers tips to help you sew silk with the confidence of a pro. From choosing the right needle, thread, and stabilizer, to preshrinking and final pressing, Sandra simplifies this intimidating process.

Here are some additional guidelines for sewing silk from Denver Fabrics. I love the tip about using toilet paper - never thought of that!

Shannon Gifford offers some good information about sewing different silk fabrics at Emma One (a designer fabric online store). Try these links to silk sewing guides to learn more:

Sand Washed Silk Sewing Guide

Silk Dupioni Sewing Guide
Silk Jersey Sewing Guide
Silk Mesh Knits
Silk Sheers
Silk Charmeuse

Learn a few tips and enjoy sewing and wearing silk garments. It just makes sense!

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Blogger meryl said...


I'm in the middle of having a dress made for me. It's lace and I chose a silk charmeuse under the lace. The fabric's beautiful, but I find that I'm uncomfortable with the way it clings to me and shows every bulge.
Should I just change it to a stiffer silk like a silk dupioni, or should i have the dressmaker add a stiff lining, and if yes, what fabric do you suggest to give it enough stiffness so that it's not clinging?

5:57 PM  
Blogger Marian said...


It sounds like your dress is well under construction. Perhaps, at this point, it would be wise to consider a silk undergarment such as a slip and/or camisole made of silk organza. This should help support the garment and keep it from clinging without interfering with the present softer look of the charmeuse. The silk undergarments could also be worn with other clothes as well. . .an added bonus!

Hope this helps.

To Your Sewing Success,

7:33 AM  
Blogger Gracie Persson said...

Thank you for sharing these links. It's been quite helpful!

2:43 PM  

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