Tips for sewing with silk fabrics.

Tips for sewing with silk fabrics.

I was asked to participate in JuleExpo now in November together with Det Store Symesterskapet. JuleExpo is a big fair for arts & crafts, among other things.It was great fun. Below you will find a summary of the demo I made there on the topic of sewing with silk fabrics. I will probably give you a short recap of what else happened at the fair later, but for now I hope you will find this list of tricks for sewing with silk fabrics useful. The basics about working with silks   All fabrics behave differently. You can’t use the same techniques when working with cotton as with wool for instance. This is definitely true when working with silks. Silks are considered “difficult” and so they are in a way, but with the right tips and tricks they are very much manageble. Her a short list of things you can do to make the slippery  fabric behave. Pre-shrink your fabric. One way to do that is to wash it at the same setting you intend to use on the finished garment. Here is a way to do it in the tumble dryer. Iron your fabric before you start. Don’t use too hot iron, and very little or no steam. Otherwise you can stain your fabric. Like this: Sandwich your fabric between 2 sheets of pattern paper og or other paper large enough. This will make the silk easier to cut as it will not shift and slip away from your scissor in the same way.   Iron your pattern before putting it on[…]