Roll Hemming a Curve Made Easy
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Working with lamé fabrics:
Lamé fabrics are regarded by some as too difficult for any but the most experienced. This isn't true-with a little information, and a little practice on the scraps of the fabric you are working with, you will get polished results.
Lamé is the French word for "blade", which refers to the appearance of the yarn under magnification-imagine a very tiny strip of tape. This is what the lamé yarn looks like.
So, I refer to these fabrics as lamé fabrics, instead of "metallic" fabrics, because of the varying appearance of the yarns. For the look of metal, the yarns can be made from actual metal, or man-made materials. Metal yarns have a richer luster than man-made, but they are difficult to work with, and may tarnish or darken over time.
The above hem works well for opaque fabrics, because the paper caught in the roll of the hem isn't visible. If you are working with a translucent or sheer fabric, you don't want to see the paper. If the fabric can stand being washed, you can make some substitutions:
Instead of the cash register tape, use strips of water-soluble stabilizer (Sulky Fabri-Solvy is a good choice). When sewing, for lamé use the fine monofilament thread for all sewing. Once the sewing is finished, dissolve the stabilizer, and press dry. You will have a sheer hem!
Posted on May 29th, 2012 in garment construction, how-to, tips & tricks, fabric