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Sheer Advice

Sheer fabric can be difficult to handle.

Sheer fabric can be difficult to handle.

Photo: Jack Deutsch

Sewing with sheer fabrics has been known to cause a sewing headache or two. These fabrics can shimmy and slip, and are so lightweight they can sometimes make your machine skip a beat. Here, Fred Bloebaum, author of the article "Sheer Know-how" in Sew Stylish Red-Carpet Ready, offers up the prescription. Follow these two tips for a smooth sheer-sewing experience.

1. Use taut sewing to stitch long seams. Hold the fabric firmly in front of and behind the presser foot as you sew. Don't pull the fabric; let the machine's feed dogs move the fabric under the presser foot.

2. Every 6 inches or so, stop sewing, and with the needle down, lift the presser foot to release the tension in the fabric. Then, lower the presser foot and resume sewing. This pause prevents rippled seams and is especially helpful when sewing bias seams.


Comments (8)

ronsanchez3 ronsanchez3 writes: Just amazing
Posted: 5:34 am on January 4th

Fredbutler Fredbutler writes: Good advice.
Posted: 4:54 am on September 22nd

raulpoole10 raulpoole10 writes: Beautiful.
Posted: 4:13 am on March 29th

jackson102 jackson102 writes: This is good advice.
Posted: 5:40 am on March 26th

Richardmarsh Richardmarsh writes: impressive work
Posted: 4:34 am on June 13th

Florencecole Florencecole writes: greatttt
Posted: 5:22 am on May 22nd

VirginiaShannon VirginiaShannon writes: awesome work
Posted: 1:59 am on May 21st

NormaLong NormaLong writes: niceeeee
Posted: 1:16 am on May 19th

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