Do you avoid sewing silk
Blythe silk top available at J. Crew.
simply because it slips and slides and you end up with wavy, puckered seams? Here's an easy way to resolve that, courtesy of Michele of Mood NYC's silk department:
1. Purchase some parchment paper from your local grocery store, or use pattern paper. Kenneth D. King, couture designer and Mood School teacher, likes to use cash register tape (available at office supply stores).
2. Cut paper into 2" strips, approximately the length of each seam you have to sew. (No cutting involved if you're using cash register tape.)
3. Place your garment pieces right sides together and pin to paper strips, with the paper being the bottom layer to feed through your machine.
4. Stitch all three layers together.
5. Gently tear away paper from seam.
Pins and paper help stabilize silk when stitching. We show a roll of Mood's pink cash register tape here to use for easy paper strips.
Gently tear away the paper to reveal perfectly stitched seams.
You'll notice how the paper stabilizes the silk
Here's Michele showing you the parchment paper she likes to use when she sews silk.
and prevents it from moving while stitching, so your seams are straight and pucker-free. Michele also reminds you that having a fresh needle in the appropriate size for your silk fabric is half the battle.
What about you, readers? Do you have any silk sewing tips you'd like to share here?