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« on: November 29, 2007 10:06:30 PM »

Hi guys I hope you can help me, I just bought this wonderful pair of cuban foot pantyhose/nylons (for $20 so you see why I don't want to toss them) and on the first wearing as with all pantyhose I ever buy the crotch ripped >_<.

So I was wondering if anyone has ever converted full hose into leggings or sewn them before? Are they sewable? will they fray? what should I do?

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007 07:39:36 AM »

To successfully sew sheer stretch nylon you need a serger that can do a narrow three thread seam. You also need to be sure the cutting knives are sharp as dull knives will eat the fabric to shreds.  Use woolly nylon in both loopers and good polyester thread such as gutterman or Mettler brand in the needle.  Sew with a very short stitch length and hold the fabric tight so it's stretched a bit, but not enough to run the fabric.  the seam edge should be completely covered by the woolly nylon. Sewing sheer nylon is very difficult to master, so you might want to practice on cheap tights first and then you can decide if you want to attempt sewing the more expensive ones.  If all your hosiery rips in the crotch, you might want to add a diamond shaped gusset made of a lycra cotton blend to your hose before you wear them.  The diamond shape will add extra ease where you need it.  You can also add a gusset strip between the two legs, all the way from center back to center front, this alteration is good for active women who need more room for movement.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007 01:16:45 AM »

woo hoo! thanks, at least i know what to do for next time, unless my girlfriend actually gets that serger for christmas  Roll Eyes

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