5 Ideas for Slicing and Stitching Slippery Material

I do know we’ve all been there, dreaming up floaty summer season attire however then our drapey material begins misbehaving on the stitching machine, if not earlier than driving us loopy on the slicing desk and creating a thoughts of its personal.

Mismatched seams, fraying material and all types of wonky slicing, there’s a motive stitching with lighter weight materials has a difficult repute. However we promise it doesn’t must be like that and stitching with light-weight materials could be quite pretty once you’ve obtained some tips up your sleeve…


Drapey materials make completely cool and floaty summer season attire and may present some severe swish-factor. Take a look at our Lyra shirt gown (the interfacing tip on this weblog submit might be particularly useful for that collar!), the summer-ready Seren gown and our easy Lotta gown to call a few our patterns that may be made in light-weight materials like viscose & crepe.

So right here’s methods to cease that pretty material from slipping and sliding everywhere in the slicing desk and stitching machine…

1) Starch your material earlier than slicing

Earlier than you start, cling your material up on a garments dryer or rail, and provides it a light-weight going-over with some spray starch (the type you may use to iron a shirt, in case you have been so inclined). This can stiffen the material barely and make it behave itself significantly better once you lay it out able to be lower out.

And naturally, it’s a good suggestion to check the starch out on a nook of the material first ☺

2) Minimize with a rotary cutter

Have you ever ever lower out some slippery material, solely to finish up with material items which might be a unique form and dimension to the sample items? While you lower material with scissors, the blade beneath the material lifts it up barely and, if the material is slippery, it could slide down the blade. The outcome might be items that aren’t fairly correct, seams that don’t match up, and presumably even garments that find yourself too large or small for you.

You’ll most likely discover you get a extra correct outcome – and fewer frustration – by weighing the material and sample down on a slicing mat and slicing out with a rotary cutter. The blade cuts the material because it rolls alongside, with out lifting it up off the mat.

3) Minimize symmetrical items in a single layer

Should you’re slicing your material on the fold, you might discover you find yourself with a bit that isn’t fairly symmetrical, as the underside layer of cloth is sliding round and doing its personal factor.

One method to sort out that is to reflect your paper sample piece to create one symmetrical sample piece, prepared to put in your material specified by one flat layer. This works particularly properly in case you’ve starched your material to make it extra secure. It’s also possible to create a symmetrical piece by opening your material out flat, matching your sample piece’s fold line with the materials grainline, lower across the sample piece – however not the foldline – and mark the fold with chalk. Then flip the sample piece over to the opposite aspect. Slicing on one layer of cloth quite than two.

4) Interface items earlier than slicing

Small items, reminiscent of neckline facings and collar items, could be notably tough to chop precisely in slippery material. And in the event that they want interfacing, you might uncover that the interfacing piece and the material piece find yourself trying totally different shapes, as a result of the material has slid round once you lower it out – doh!

So what I do with small items that want interfacing is lower the interfacing first, because it’s much less prone to slip round than the material, then fuse it to the (pre-cut) material. Then I simply lower across the outdoors of the interfacing piece, mainly utilizing it as a template. The interfacing stabilises the material and makes it a lot simpler to chop precisely. Woohoo!

5) Use loads of pins

Pins are your good friend in the case of slippery material. As a result of the material layers will slide round, use extra pins than you often would to maintain the seams collectively. Attempt to keep away from positioning the pin heads over the material although, as they will distort the material.

In addition to utilizing pins, it may be useful to tack or baste some seams – in addition to darts, pleats and many others – earlier than stitching them for actual, simply to test they go collectively precisely. And in the case of stitching them for actual, take your time, have some soothing whale music enjoying, and you will be simply superb 🙂

I hope the following tips take away a few of the frustration you will have with slippery materials and enable you to get pleasure from stitching with them. Do you might have every other suggestions for dealing with slippery materials? Do share within the feedback beneath!


Creator: Tilly Walnes

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