In this lesson, you’re going to learn 12 critical techniques for successfully sewing sheer fabrics. You can apply these tips to your window treatments and to your garments. Try to apply all of the techniques explained here for the best result.
The video for this lesson is at http://www.HowToSewWithJennyT.com
Cutting Your Sheer Fabric
1. One of the best ways to cut sheer material is to determine where you want to make the cut, and then remove one or two threads at that location. This will leave a straight line to cut along.
2. Use scissors with serrated blades or a rotary cutter to reduce fabric slippage as you cut.
Your Sewing Machine
3. Use a small, single-hole throat plate when sewing straight seams. This prevents toe fabric from being “swallowed” into the machine. A narrow straight stitch foot and / or flat-bottom presser foot may also be helpful.
4. If you do not have these machine attachments, consider moving the needle to the far left to provide support on three sides of the fabric. This is what I do. This allows for the fabric seam to be supported under the presser foot.
5. Set the stitch length to 1.5 or 2 (15 to 20 stitches per inch). This is less than what you normally should have it set at. You’ll discover that reducing the stitch length will help prevent the sheer fabric from “shrinking” as you sew it.
6. Use an eight, nine or 10 size needle made especially for very sheer and lightweight fabrics.
7. Use very fine polyester or extra fine cotton-wrapped polyester thread
8. Since most sheer garments or sheer curtains are not lined, you’ll need to treat your seams a little differently. Here are 2 styles of seams that you can use when piecing your sheer fabric.
1. French Seams – A french seam is a nice way to hide the raw edges of your fabric when piecing your fabric. You can watch a video on how to sew a french seam at http://www.SimpleSewingProjects.com
2. Double stitched seam – Here’s another nice way to the raw edges of your fabric when seaming your sheers. This style also creates a decorative top stitching. You can watch a video on how to sew a double stitched seam at http://www.SimpleSewingProjects.com
Sewing Hems and Side Seams
9. For a bottom hem, fold up your fabric twice and create a wide hem… like 5″ or more.
10. Apply a lightweight interfacing designed for sheer fabrics. This will add body to the fabric and make sewing the side seams and bottom hem a LOT easier.
11. For side seams, make sure you’ve tested on samples before sewing. A common problem is having the side seams “shrink” and becoming shorter than the rest of the curtain. The only true way to avoid this is to hand stitch the side seams in place. But this is slow. So, before you sew the side seams….
12. It is absolutely worth your time to sew with your stitch settings on some sample sheer fabric before you actually sew your project. You can avoid many expensive mistakes this way. Make sure you are sewing the same number of layers of fabric when making this sample. And take notes so that you remember all your settings.
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