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Topic: Sewing crepe-backed satin without a serger?  (Read 984 times)
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« on: April 24, 2008 05:04:12 PM »

Or any type of heavy satin (if you recommend any please do Smiley). I'm wondering this because for my prom dress that i'm going to attempt to make, I wanted to use a heavy satin. I"m going to be doing simplicity 4070 (bubble dress) and in order for the bubble dress to be more shapely, people recommend that I use a heavy satin.

So if I only have a regular sewing machine, will it look ok?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008 06:58:19 PM »

Plenty of satin dresses were beautifully crafted before the advent of the home version serger Smiley Don't sweat it.

The only drawback to most satins is how quickly they fray, but even without a serger you can nip this in the bud the old fashioned way- zigzag each piece very soon after they are cut- it's as easy as that. A little time consuming, but worth it for a lovely dress and significantly less fine fluffies floating around & getting up your nose while you sew Smiley
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2008 07:08:25 PM »

Thanks so much for replying so quickly Cheesy

And also thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to make a zigzag stitch.
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2008 06:16:28 PM »

I'm in process of sewing a historical based gown out of crepe back satin.  I'm just flat felling and French seaming everything as I go.

the zigzag over the edges is still a good idea, I just don't let things sit long enough to ravel out.... that and other than neck and hem most of my edges are straight lines, so less fraying before I get the seam allowances rolled under and sewn down.

I'll have to post up pictures when it's done...


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