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hand sewing trim

clairezbo | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am trimming window treatments with a ball fringe. I am very nervous about the hand sewing. I don’t know what stitch to use or where to stitch. (in the middle, or on the top). The fringe was very expensive, and I want it too look right. Any suggestions??? PLEASE!!!!!. Please tell all the pitfalls, before I make them.

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  1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #1

    I do this alot . First get some fabri tac glue .Walmart has it in fabric department. Use it very lightly to glue the first edge over so no frays. Also don't cut your fringe until you have it attached all the way to the end , I've cut it an inch too short and what a pain , so leave it long till last minute.Then again very lightly glue in place ,and after it dries stitch using a zipperfoot and a long stitch length . If you must hand stitch , you can tack using a long running stitch .I sew near the top of the tape .Good luck

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      clairezbo | | #3

      thanks for the advice. I had to do it by hand as they were lined. I have completed one, and it came out beautiful. I guess all that anxiety over doing the trim was a waste of time. Now I only have 2 more to go. I don't mind the hand work, as it gives me an excuse to sit and relax.

  2. physicsgirl | | #2

    I used a ball fringe on the bottom of a skirt recently for some fun.  I hemmed the skirt first, then used a very tiny running stitch on both sides on the wide band that the balls come hang from... not even completely going through the thick trim yarns that make up this band.  Because the stitches were small and close together, there is a lot of strength to it, I've even machine washed this skirt with jeans... the biggest problem being that the trim picks up threads and lint that I have to pick off... there's no sign of any problem with it coming off. 

    I'm really a big fan of tiny hand stiching anyways, it's always neater, and I can sit in a comfy chair.  If your trim has any machine stiching on the band, you could always hand or machine stitch overthat very slowly with matching thread.  Best advice I can really think of though... take a small bit of trim and play wit stitching, before committing.  Good luck!

     

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