Fabrics are always the deciding factor in your style. In fact, when you wear the best fabric, you get in the best vogue. One of the best and luxurious fabrics is silk. This is the ultimate fabric for any fashion designer to work with. Still, sewing this amazing fabric is full of challenges, which is mainly because of its delicate structure. To help you out, below are some tips to sew your silk fabrics efficiently.
Avoid the watermarks that are produced because of washing. However, this is not applicable to all silk fabrics. So, first check whether your silk fabrics show watermarks once washed and then proceed.
This property becomes the main challenge when it comes to pressing the fabric, especially in steam ironing. So, in order to tackle this, pre-wash your fabric before sewing. This will prevent the watermarks to evaporate quickly, rather than lingering on the cloth.
Note that the texture will change slightly in some silk fabrics once they are washed. So, it is better to hand over such clothes to professionals. However, most of the silk fabrics are washable nowadays.
Avoid the Marks from Needles and Pens
While sewing, it is common that you use your pens and needles. Be careful when it comes to silk fabrics because in some silk fabrics like shantung, the marks of pens and the holes created by the needles will sustain forever. So, it is always better to do all your fittings prior to cutting out the pattern piece, and also avoid ripping from the seam, as this will leave permanent marks.
Additionally, always use the right pens and needles while sewing. The best options for you while working with delicate silk fabrics are the ultrafine or extra fine glass head pins and the silk pins. These pins will alleviate the chances of showing any pinholes.
Sew the Seams Perfectly
A seam is a line where two pieces of fabrics are joined. Extra care must be taken while sewing the seams of the fabrics because of their delicacy and their excessive fraying nature.
The seam allowances for any unlined silk garment should be finished and it is important to choose the perfect seam for sewing. For instance, for your unlined top or shirt made of silk fabric, choose Hong Kong or French seams, flats, or faux fell seams. Finally, finish the seams with a well-overcast stitch.
It is always better to plan and prepare well before sewing silks, as there is no go-back option once you have started. As said, you need to use the right tools, seams, and fabric to get the perfect stitch and look.