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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.
These examples are made from man-made fibers and present fewer challenges. Consequently, you can cut it with a hot knife against a sheet of glass and the seam allowances won’t fray.
When sewing lamé fabrics, it’s helpful to sew with paper. I’ve found that a roll of cash register (or adding machine) tape is good for this purpose. It is thin enough to tear easily, but heavy enough to control the fabric.
Pin the cash register tape to the front side of the fabric.
Turn the work over, and cut the paper to match the cut edge of the fabric.
Turn the work back over, so the paper is on top before sewing. Re-pin so the pins are on the top.
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