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Sewing with Silk: Cutting Silk

Video: Threads magazine

In this episode of the Sewing with Silk video series, expert Katrina Walker explains how to handle shifting, slippery silk fabrics when you’re cutting your project.

One secret to cutting slithery textiles with shears is to sandwich the yardage between two layers of tissue paper. Pin carefully, with a minimum number of pins.

Katrina warns that filament fibers such as silk are tough on cutting tools. Therefore, it is important to use high-quality, sharp scissors. When cutting with shears, keep the tool as flat to the table as possible to avoid shifting or distorting the fabric.

A modern, faster, and more efficient way to cut silk is with a rotary cutter. Rather than pinning the pattern, simply weight it atop the fabric, and roll the cutter around the pattern. You’ll appreciate the accuracy.

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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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