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attach bridal ribbon to a knit

peace4q1 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Good day to everyone,

I have a favorite knit blouse that now has 2 small bleach spots on the lower part of the blouse, and I have decided to use a  narrow 1/8 inch ‘bridal’ ribbon with raised roses to trail from the bottom left to upper right of the blouse to cover these spots. Now, my question is: what is the best method to attach ribbon to a knit? The fabric is thick enough to support the ribbon, yet I was wondering if I should use fabric glue or tape, etc in addition to hand-stitiching the rose pieces of the ribbon to my blouse? There are so many options available, I just do not know which is the best.

thank you.



  1. HelgaPataki | | #1

    Machine stitch

    I think it would look the best if you used fine thread and tiny machine stitches close to the edge as possibly would look the best.  I don't know about glue. Fabric glue has this filmy feel and you don't want to risk it feeling hard or brittle permanently.  Hand stitching would work but it doesnt look as tidy as machine stitching. 

  2. lou19 | | #2

    forget the glue and tape, hand stictiching sounds best

  3. stillsuesew | | #3

    I agree with the hand stitching option., especialy if you stay in the little ridge along the edge.  Machine stitching could stretch the knit undeneath and pucker the fabric.  I solved this problem of bleach spots once by sewing a decorative pattern of buttons over the spots.  Necessity is the mother of invention!

    1. HelgaPataki | | #4

      if you use the appropriate foot with tracking, or if you created a barrier between the knit and the feed dog, prior to stitching, the result would be tidier and tighter.  Handsttitching is great but you have to beware of clawing or snagging or ripping from jewlery or leaning against things because the lower hemline of a blouse requires durability and it is an area where there is a lot of rubbing despite wearing the blouse tucked in or not you have a lot of friction there. you have a point though when it comes to getting the job done quickly, machine stitching will require more work.

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