Tuesday, December 2, 2014

FINISHING THE EDGES OF TRANSPARENT FABRIC


Many fiber artists enjoy dyeing, printing and painting transparent fabrics such as organza.  When the piece is complete it is sometimes a challenge to finish the edges so they compliment the piece.  Try the following simple method:

 

1.      Steam-press the side and bottom edges over 1 inch to the wrong side of the piece.



(Photo 1)

 
 
 





2.  Sew a narrow satin stitch along each folded edge.  You will need to experiment a bit to determine the stitch width and length that provide a smooth finish




(Photo 2)


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3.      Lay a small pair of sharp scissors against the stitching and carefully trim away the excess fabric as close to the stitching as possible.
 


(Photo 3)

4.      Press.  


 
(Photo 4)

5.      The top edge can be turned to the wrong side to form a rod pocket. A hand stitched hem will complete the piece

 

Hints: I like to use machine embroidery thread.  Select a color that either blends with the colors in your design or contrasts for extra pop.   

 

Barbara James

November, 2014

 

6 comments:

LindaD said...

Thanks for this great information, Barbara. I do a lot of sheer work and have experimented, unsuccessfully, with ways of finishing the piece. I will be giving this a try before the end of the year.

Barbara J. Schneider said...

I will try this method as well. Seems to work well and is straightforward. Barbara Schneider

Rayna said...

Thanks for posting this, Barbara.

Carol said...

ohhh... thanks so much! I am often challenged with how to finish the edge without a heavy hem!

Cäcilia said...

Great to be reminded of what I lerned more than 25 years ago I my education as a textile craft teacher, but seldom used only!

Karin Mcelvein said...

Extremely helpful Thank you
Karin