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remove spot from taffeta

JudeM | Posted in General Discussion on

Eek! I am just about finished with a Christmas dress and see a spot on the front of the Taffeta top. How do I remove this spot? I have no idea what it is. It was there after I sewed a black velvet band across the upper waist of the dress.


  1. dressed2atee | | #1

    I always take to dry cleaner, taffeta is funny.  good luck

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    paddyscar | | #2

    You might want to try a drop of sewing machine oil on a scrap and see if that is what the spot might be. If it is, you could try to remove it with some white chalk.

    Use your fingernail to scrape enough white chalk onto the spot to cover it and let it sit overnight. That may be enough to draw the stain/oil out of the fabric. If it doesn't, you could try rubbing it with a piece of soft flanelette or a face cloth and let it sit again.

    Is it in a place where you could apply some appliqué, embroidery or beading? Sadly, drycleaning is not always successful on spots.

    Is the taffeta washable - some is, so check with your fabric store. A gentle washing with Woolite or some such product might be a solution. Press the spot flat between the layers of a white towel to absorb most of water and hang to dry.

    We've all had one of these moments, so I'm sure you'll get lots of solutions. I hope everything goes well.


  3. Palady | | #3

    If the dry cleaner falls short, because the source of the spot is unknown, you might choose to consider hand sewing an appropriate applique over the spot.  Depending on the style, you might decide to use more than one of the appliques and scatter them.  Lay out the piece and place the appliques as they catch you eye.  Once you made the decision on placement mark the wrong side as to where you'll hand stitch.  You could amrk the wearing side, but if you be sure the amrks a very small.

    Please post and let us know how the all resolved.



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