March 10, 2015
(This photo was taken awhile back when we had a professional photo shoot at our store. The gorgeous model is wrapped in digital printed silk charmuese and silk chiffons.)
We know it can be really intimidating to sew with silk for the first time. Just remember you won’t be the first who feels this way and you won’t be the last! Every seamstress that has taken on the challenge of sewing silk the first time can feel a little apprehensive and for good reason! Silk is more expensive than other types of fabrics, it can easily snag and it can get all slippery on you.
Don’t worry we are here to help you with some tips and tricks…..
-The first thing you need to have is patience! Silk will take some extra time and effort, it’s not going to be a “quickie” project that you can bust out like when your sewing with 100% cotton.
-Prepare your space. Make sure it’s well lit, just in-case you need to hand stitch or do any seam-ripping! You will also need a clean flat surface to lay out your silk. Make sure you have no debris on the surface area where you lay out your silk that it could snag on. Also, remember to wash your grimy paws before touching any silk!
-The right supplies are very important! You will need: silk straight pins, sharp sewing machine needle size 70/10, silk thread, seam ripper, rotary cutter and mat.
-Always pin your fabric within seam allowance, even when using silk pins they can still leave little holes in the delicate silk fabric. Also, put a fresh sharp needle on your sewing machine before starting any silk project, this will help prevent any snagging while sewing.
-Rotary cutter and mat are you best friends when cutting silk. They will keep your fabric flat without it moving around on you while cutting out desired pattern.
-It really helps to hand baste all seams of your project within the seam allowance to prevent any slippage while sewing. This can be time consuming but well worth the effort and patience!
-Use a dry iron on silk setting and always use a pressing cloth instead of ironing right onto silk to prevent any shiny burn marks.
-If your pattern calls for interfacing try using a woven or tricot interfacing. It is way nicer to use on a silk than the standard paper interfacing. Or you could use silk organza as a stabilizer instead, which works great!
-We have many different types of silks to choose from such as; charmeuse, chiffon, crepe, dupioni, dutchess satin, raw silk, habutai and silk cotton blends. I’m in love with the Italian digital silk prints right now! For more info and desciptions on these types of silk just click on the links.
This botanical charmuese is another one of my favs right now…
We hope these tips help you to be a little less intimidated and a little more inspired to make something out a a silk fabric. As always happy sewing! Please send in any silk projects you’ve made to our Facebook Fanpage. We love to see what you are making!