Recently I needed a small amount of black polyester organza pleated edging to trim the lining of a fur coat I was working on. Usually, I cut strips and send them out to the pleater’s, but this was such a small job that it was more cost-effective to do it in-house. So, I dug my “perfect pleater” (a device made from fabric that is stiffened, and features slots to form knife pleats. It looks like those Levelor Mini-Blinds one sees still in windows all across the country) out of the drawer and set to work.
The success of a pleated edge is uniformity. When I began, I was having a problem with that, because of the polyester-natural fibers work so much better in the perfect pleater.
For those who have worked with polyester organza, it can be quite lively-it has a lot of spring. Once pressed, it will take a pleat, but wrangling it into the pleater, and keeping it in place until I could press it was tricky. Thus, I developed the following technique to solve this problem.
1. Draw a line with permanent marker on the pleater, so you have a guide to work from.
2. The pleats I decided on were 1/2″ apart, which meant that I would be using every other slot on the pleater-the slots being spaced at ¼” apart. The finished height of the pleats will also be 1/2″. Cut strips from posterboard, 3/4″ wide. I’m using two different colors here, so you can see how this process works-in your workroom, you can use any color you have at hand.
The reason the strips are 3/4″ wide, is that when they set into every other slot in the pleater, you can still see your guideline.
3. Tear the polyester organza into 2 ½” wide strips and press them in…
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