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permanently creased fabric

grandmaEileen | Posted in General Discussion on

I’ve been asked to reshape a neckline on a top made of a permanently crinkled fabric and I have no experience with this heavily creased fabric. The edges are just serged with a single needle and what looks like wooly nylon. Will I distort the creases if I just try serging a new neckline?


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Too keep the crinkles in place when making necklines with the serger, I use fusable knit interfacing from Palmer Pletsch (http://www.palmerpletsch.com).  It's the best I've found for lightweight fabrics too, comes in white, ivory, and black.  I wonder if it was done with a serged chain stitch?  I usually do mine with a coverstitch but there would be two needle threads. 

    1. grandmaEileen | | #2

      Thanks for your input Mary. I'm sure it's a single needle overlock stitch but is there any possibility that it was done before the creases were set?? Either that or the creases were strong enough to recover after the edge was straightened and serged. If was my own I'd take a chance and try it but it belongs to a co-worker.

      1. suzywong | | #3

        Try using a wash away fusible interfacing  to stabilse the neckline until you have restitched it.  Then just wash it away and voila, perfect neckline/seam/hem or whatever.

        Good luck

        1. grandmaEileen | | #4

          Thanks, I'll try that!

      2. MaryinColorado | | #5

        I had brand new crinkled fabric so was able to do tests, the crinkling stayed in place after prewashing but did not stitch out smoothly without the fusable interfacing, especially in bias areas such as the neckline. 

        I also tried stay stitching Seams Great down first with unsatisfactory results.  Regular interfacing was too stiff

        It might help to use spray starch if it won't hurt the fabric.

        It seems risky to use an overlock stitch with the blade on a neckline because of the combination bias/crinkle, perhaps  a flatlock stitch with the blade disengaged?  (Just a thought as you mentioned it's for a co worker.)

        Someone else suggested iron on wash away stabilizer, that sounds like a good possibility!  Please let me know how it works!  Mary


        1. grandmaEileen | | #6

          I will let you know, whatever the result! I asked her today if she cared if the neckline ended up having a "lettuce" edge finish and she said no, she won't wear it like it is.

          1. MaryinColorado | | #7

            Oh that's great!  It might look nice with a rolled hem finish using Perle Crown Rayon in the looper(s) or wooly nylon too.  Just another possibilty! 

            When I made the tunic tops, I mulled over all the possibilities I could come up with for about a month.  The first one was a gift for a dear friend out of aqua crinkle cotton.  It turned out great and fit her perfectly (I had to guess at her size and sleeve length on bell shaped sleeves).

          2. grandmaEileen | | #8

            I have to get this done by tomorrow so I can take it to work with me, I work at a dental office Monday and Wednesday and this top is what the receptionist wants to wear to the Christmas party friday night. Will let you know! Again, thanks for your input.

          3. grandmaEileen | | #9

            I did it and I'm happy with the result, lets hope she is. I used a rayon embroidery thread because the fabric is a shiny Christmas red. It did create a kind of lettuce edge, it couldn't be avoided. I'm convinced that fabric was creased after being made into a garment.

          4. MaryinColorado | | #10

            Hooray!  So glad to hear that it worked out well.  She will be thrilled to be able to wear it to the party and then some.  It was so nice of you to make it wearable for her.  Mary

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