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Topic: Sewing bags from chinese brocade, any tips please?  (Read 683 times)
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« on: August 06, 2011 03:47:23 AM »

I have some gorgeous silk brocade in purple, red and green with butterflies and dragonflies on, which is begging to be made into something. I think it would suit being made into bags and possibly clothes. I've not used it before and I've not made bags before, so what I really what do I need to bear in mind and what will I need. Thing like avoiding fraying, what sort of interfacing and will it need lineing. I'm putting an order in at my fabric shop this weekend so any eqipment needed ould be good, I don't have much in stock having only recently returned to sewing.

Any suggetions as to patterns that would suit this fabric would also be really good. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011 11:36:19 AM »

Well, beyond a bottle of Fray-Away, the other stuff you'll need depends on the individual projects. I always line/interface bags, so my advice there would be yes, but you may like soft bags where I prefer stiff ones. If you have a feeder foot for your sewing machine, I would use it, though it's up to you whether or not to invest $25 extra into the project if you don't have one.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011 11:57:23 AM »

I do have a walking foot for quilting which is the same thing, and I dont think we have fray away over here. Does the interfacing stop it fraying at all? I have read that stiff projects are better for brocade but dont know if that's a fact?
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011 04:47:23 PM »

If you don't have that, you could melt the edges with a flame to keep them from fraying. Just be careful you don't actually burn it, and it could be a lot of work. I would cut the edges with pinking shears and then also zig-zag stitch every piece if you don't have a serge stitch.
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