Technique! Technique Technique Technique
Ok, I just had to pop in here and share something I discovered! (Well, it’s new to me - I’m sure other seamstresses have probably figured this trick out… :) Anyhow, I love learning a new technique!
Alright - I was just playing around with a scrap to test this out and it worked perfectly.
I had a very delicate lace that I needed to attach to the hem of a very delicate fabric - a sheer knit, to be exact. I dreaded serging it, hemming it on the regular machine, attaching the lace…. because it’s so easy for it to gather when you don’t want it to, or get stuck in your bobbin area.
Then, I thought of perhaps doing a special hem on the serger first. I looked through my book, but all of the ones for lace/delicate fabric required the stitch finger to be removed. And that takes too much time switching it back and forth (I need the regular serger function, too).
So I tried something new:
I laid the
good bad! side of the trim against the bad good! side of the fabric. Then, I serged it (KNIFE FUNCTION OFF!).
(made a mistake in the photo… swap ‘em! Basically, the good sides should be touching each other. Wow, I’m rusty on tutorials… ;)
After this, I turned it over, but made sure the trim didn’t also turn with the fabric - instead it folded under. Or actually, I should describe it as, “I flipped the trim from left over to right”. Now you see both sides are good.
I took it to the regular machine to top-stitch it (MUCH easier because it’s sewing through two layers of the fabric and one layer of trim - so it doesn’t catch/gather! :)
And of course, pressing it after.
My new favorite technique!! Saves at least one or two steps (maybe three?). As I said before, maybe I’m silly for just learning it now after all these years sewing, but I thought I’d share my knowledge anyhow!
This is part of Emily’s dressing gown, which I will be finishing in a “marathon dressing gown weekend”, and I’m totally fine with that. I got a late start to it, last week, but have plenty of time to work on it this weekend and ship it out Monday! More photos to come as I progress.