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Old 10-07-2004, 06:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was wanting to sew myself a silk ring sling but have heard silk is a little difficult to sew. Is this correct and if so, any tips?
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How do you sew silk? Carefully!
Ok, lots and lots of pins. Just when you think you have pinned enough, add a half dozen more. When i was sewing a silk shirt, i pinned every inch or less.
It is really slippery stuff, so go slow and try not to get frustrated.
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oh great my favorite thing! really i hate pinning and i like to go fast : well i really want to try it out so i'll do it. do i need a special needle? i also have a integrated dual feed on my machine. should i use it for this?
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Put a sheet of tissue paper with each piece of silk, pin it carefully, sew through both. This will help the slipperyness.
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It is also dependent on the _type_ of silk you are sewing. If you choose a silk broadcloth or a raw silk, you will find you do not need to pin it a lot. It works very similarly to cotton for sewing. Silk shantung is also very easy to work with. China silk, silk charmeuse (sp?), silk satin....those need LOTS of pins. It is worth it to hand baste it before you machine sew.
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what about silk brochade? also my machine bastes, would that work?
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