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Serging Stretch Velvet

Jane_O'Neill | Posted in The Archives on

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I have purchased a long, stretch velvet skirt that I would like to shorten from the top. I was planning to serge a new top edge and just turn it over to make an elastic casing. Is there anything special I need to know about serging this fabric? Since I bought the garment, I have no scraps to work with. The garmet is not fitted to the body, rather it is slightly loose fitting.

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  1. Bill_Stewart | | #1

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    There is really nothing tricky about it if your serger is balanced properly. When you undo the casing to lower it, try a single layer serge on the raw edge as it is now. if balanced, serge new edge for casing or apply elastic to raw edge by slightly stretching elastic to fit and serge on. just be sure to use a fine zigzag or stretch stitch when you sew the new casing in place. PS it is easier to chalk mark the new cut edge on the inside of the skirt and align elastic with the mark before serging and cutting off the excess top edge in one operation. I find this easier than trying to keep the elastice lined up on the new cut edge and then trying to serge it, and it makes for a better waistband than the casing you sew and then try to insert elastic in. Bill

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