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Topic: Sewing Ribbon: How to keep it from rippling?  (Read 771 times)
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« on: June 27, 2009 06:29:26 PM »

I'm trying to sew a line of ribbon around a skirt, near the bottom edge, and even when I hand-sew it, it ripples like crazy. Do I need to machine stitch it with the tension turned down, or with a different stitch, or what? It is too narrow for any of the stitch witchery stuff I have, so no ironing it on...

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009 12:43:59 AM »

Have you pinned it in place first to make sure it's going to be, well, in place?
And also you have to consider that, if it's a skirt, the top line is slightly shorter than the bottom line.  The fuller the skirt, the bigger the difference.  Yes, even if it's a narrow strip.  That's why it tends to ripple.  What material is the ribbon made of?  If it's something like velvet, it'll be more difficult to keep it smooth.  Something like soft cotton will adapt easily though.  Ironing it  with some steam previously to application may help to make it easier to deal with.  Then pin it, redo every time it goes wrong and, when you're satisfied with the results, sew.  You can just sew it by hand or hand baste in place to get rid of the pins and make sure it's going to be correctly set and then machine sew.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009 09:48:25 PM »

There is fusible web that's 1/4" or 1/2" & they come in rolls in a box. You don't have to put the adhesive on the entire ribbon width, just the edges (1/4" or so), then you can iron it to your skirt. If not then use washable glue stick (not the colored glue - make sure it's white or clear), that should help stick that ribbon down enough so you can sew over it.

« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009 11:25:47 PM »

Mmm, thanks, little me.  I keep forgetting about that solution because I've never used it yet.  But I love the idea.

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