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« on: June 05, 2006 12:43:08 PM »

My sister's best friend is getting married this weekend (yep, this weekend) and she put off finding a veil until the last possible second.  Finally, she just decided to purchase some white chiffon, and she has asked that I hem it and turn it into a veil for her.  So, I am armed with over a yard of chiffon and a hair comb, and that is it.  Anyone have any advice on how to get the best looking hem on such fidgety fabric???
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2006 11:10:35 AM »

I avoid chiffon like the plauge.  My best guess is to serge it.  I wonder, too, if you might be able to hair spray or starch the edges to make it a bit stiffer and easier to work with?  You could always just rinse it out after you're done.  But I would say ask some of the sewing ladies in the sewing threads... they would probably have much better ideas. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2006 04:11:07 PM »

yeah, chiffon's not fun.
serging sounds good. if you don't have a serger...most patterns i've tried working with chiffon recommend stiching just in from the edge of the fabric, pressing the hem in, then trimming close to the stiching (but not cutting the stitching off), turning this is, and then stiching the hem down. i think this is called a turned hem or narrow hem, and if you do a search you can probably find pictures on how to do it. frankly though, i have trouble getting the chiffon to stay ironed down.
so i usually cheat and do a rolled hem with a special sewing machine foot. you can get this pretty easily and cheaply at sewing shops, if you don't have one. have a practice first but they are pretty easy to use.
another option would be to hand sew, doing a whipped stitch. time consuming, but looks good and might be worth it in this case.
and my final thought if none of these seem attractive -- buy some satin bias binding and use that!
good luck with it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2006 05:35:10 AM »

Thanks for all the tips.  I have only one thing to say "I AM NEVER SEWING WITH CHIFFON AGAIN" Angry

But, the veil is done, and for the most part, it turned out the way that I wanted it to.  (after I got the @#$&% material cut straight, that is.)  I used a combination of the stitch, iron, hem, fold, stitch, iron combo.  I also used a little matching ribbon on the bottom to make the hem look extra neat (and give it a little weight).  I was fairly pleased, and I tend to be hyper critical, so that was good.  The bride and the mother of the bride loved it, but they are so nuts right now that I could have handed her an old hankie and a barette and they'd have said 'Great!  Thanks!!'  Cheesy
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