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How to Finish Seams on Chantilly Lace

Chantilly lace is arguably the most beautiful of the laces we commonly use, but its delicacy can make it tricky to deal with. It can't be manipulated the way alençon and guipure laces can because it's not strong enough.

Placing it carefully is usually the best you can do. There are times, however, when seam allowances are visible and must be dealt with.

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  Regular seams are difficult to use on lace, mostly because the seam allowances are so visible through the openings in the fabric.


  Here's a regular seam with two layers of Chantilly lace.


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  The seam has been pressed open in this example. While it's workable, it's not really very pretty, nor very clean.


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  While French seams are an option, given the lighter weights of Chantilly lace, color can be a factor.


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  Here is another look at a French seam. It's not bad, but a dark stripe of colored lace might not be the best look.

Happily, there's a solution to dealing with this issue.

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Comments (11)

juliahaley juliahaley writes: Cool Stuff..
Posted: 1:52 am on November 20th

Simsal Simsal writes: Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 5:16 am on March 17th

justwilli justwilli writes: great idea, thanks for sharing.

Posted: 6:44 pm on September 9th

KiwiLee KiwiLee writes: To YourWildestDreams: Great tip! I tried it, and found that with extremely open areas of lace it worked better with a little strip of tearaway or dissolvable stabiliser under it. It just held things together better.
Posted: 4:10 am on July 27th

yourwildestseams yourwildestseams writes: One more method that is very discreet yet extremely strong: set your serger (if you have one) for a rolled hem, and join/finish your seam all at once. This seals in those edges that ravel and the small stitches really reinforce the 'open' areas of the lace motif. Play around with your settings - I like to ease up on all tensions and lengthen my stitch, so delicate things won't pucker. May not work in every case, but I never worry about these laces pulling apart!
Posted: 10:12 am on July 24th

psfws1963 psfws1963 writes: "Good idea." It would make a really pretty sweater or shawl. Keep giving me ideas.
Posted: 3:54 pm on July 23rd

MarieV61 MarieV61 writes: Just brilliant! To all intents and purposes it really is invisible! You really have to be looking hard to see the seam allowance. What a wonderful solution!
Posted: 6:37 am on July 23rd

cynsew cynsew writes: Beautiful solution!! We can always count on Susan.
Posted: 5:53 am on July 23rd

jokevelema jokevelema writes: This is a wonderful solution. I often work with lace but have not thought about this at all. Thank you so much for sharing.
Posted: 1:08 am on July 23rd

cherylc cherylc writes: The only time I sewed a chantilly lace I overlapped the pattern and had sewed it so the seam would be invisitble. If you were worried about tension on the seam you could underlay it with skin coloured sild organza as you sewed
Posted: 4:18 pm on July 22nd

user-2794933 user-2794933 writes: This is just what I needed today! Great idea! Brilliant!
Posted: 3:44 pm on July 22nd

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