I recently decided to make a dress out of some beautiful yellow silk charmeuse. Since it was the first time I had sewn that fabric, I made sure the dress pattern was simple. Things were going well–I used pins specifically for silk to pin the pattern pieces to the silk and used a silk sewing needle. As I was sewing the side seams, I accidentally hit a pin with my sewing needle even though I had been very careful not to sew over them. The needle broke and I didn’t stop the machine in time and it ripped a small hole in my fabric and pulled the silk very badly (about 3 inches of pulled material extending from the side seam). Unfortunately it was not in an area where I could cover it with a belt. I feel like such a failure that I am scared to try sewing this fabric again.
1) Do you think this was just one of those mishaps that happens to everyone no matter how long you have been sewing?
2) Do you think it would be easier to sew silk twill? How does it compare to silk charmeuse? I have to order all my fabric over the internet since I live in a small town so I can’t actually go feel of it ahead of time.
Thanks for listening and for your help.
P.S. I just realized I haven’t introduced myself even though I have posted here a few times. My name is Rachel and I live in a small town in south Alabama. I teach in a community college and have been sewing for 9 years. I am not formally trained and feel like much of it is trial and error, but I love it.
Edited 4/2/2008 1:20 pm ET by blessedtosew