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Sewing with Silk: Stabilizing Silk

Video: Threads magazine

Stabilizing silk is a key step in working with this slithery fabric. Expert Katrina Walker introduces some key tools for making every kind of silk easy to work with, in this episode of the Sewing with Silk video series.

Temporary stabilizers are applied to the fabric to make it easier to cut, sew, and press. The product is then washed out. Liquid or spray stabilizers are useful, especially for working with fine, drapey fabrics such as chiffon or pile fabrics such as velvet.

You can dissolve water-soluble stabilizer film intended for machine embroidery and apply it to a slippery or unstable fabric. There are also products especially for stabilizing fabrics.

The key takeaway is that you can use these stabilizers only on silk fabrics you intend to wash afterward.



About This Video Series

In this 20-part workshop, textile expert Katrina Walker introduces us to silk fabrics. She covers the gamut from silkworm to crafting beautiful silk garments, so you never need to fear working with this luxury material. Episode topics include sericulture: how silkworms are cultivated, and how the silk filaments are harvested from cocoons. You'll learn about the many categories of woven silk fabrics, including crepes, satins, and jacquards. Katrina also offers advice for matching your fabric…

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