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mousetail trim to tulle

sidney | Posted in The Archives on

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Does anyone know the best way to sew mousetail trim on to tulle? I’m making a bridal veil and was advised at the fabric shop to handstitch the trim to the edge of the tulle. However, I noticed that ready made sews it by machine but the stitching shows on the underside only – it doesn’t show on the top at all.

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  1. Bill_Stewart | | #1

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    Sidney, I recently altered a wedding dress with 6 rows of the trim sewn 1'' apart on the hem of a tulle over skirt. I was curious too. On close inspection with a magnifying glass, it was top stitched in place, which was evident when I gently moved the threads of the trim around with an awl. Evidently it was put on with a braid foot. My machine, an old Singer, has a foot for this. It is like a solid toe foot with a larger needle hole. on the very front tip is a small metal clip with a rounded profile, and open on one edge to slip the braid under. I've used it to sew yarn, soutache, etc. down with. The clip feeds the braid through quite easily. The under side of the foot is like an embroidery foot with the open groove to let satin stitch pass under easily. Hope this helps. Bill

    1. Marion_ | | #2

      *I recently did some embellishment sewing rat tail cording in random scrolls. I had to experiment with different ways of feeding the cord into place, since none of the feet I had would hold it close enough to the needle to go around curves. I ended up making my own holder. I used a regular foot that had a groove underneath and taped on with Scotch tape a piece of firm clear plastic cut the width of the foot. Before I taped it on, I used an ice pick to burn a hole a little larger than the cord, into the plastic in the spot that the cord and the needle could both go through when the plastic was taped on the foot. It worked very well even though I had to use one hand to hold the cord feeding in, up out of the way. I could probably have fiddled around with a paper clip taped on somewhere to hold the cord, but found I didn't need to.

      1. Betty_Kershner | | #3

        *In a box of very old accessories to a Singer treadle was a flat thing that screwed onto the bed of the machine. On the top side there is a L shaped tube attached that you would put your cord through and it would deliver it to right in front of the needle. You had to sew on the back side of the fabric but that shouldn't be a problem. Often thought I would find someone who could adapt or make one to fit my maching. When I want an edge on a vail I just wide zigzag (with the needle going off the edge) this makes a nice finished edge.

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