We all like the transparent appearance of chiffon and the fabric is plain-woven and lightweight. Guess what? Its name comes from French where it actually means…”cloth”. However, this is far from being some useless rag and we mostly use it for dresses, scarves and sarees.
We must admit that chiffon isn’t exactly easy to work with and you’re never too cautious when doing it. It’s not a bad thing to follow some tips when working with chiffon, as you do want to get it done fast, easy and…accurate.
When you hem a chiffon evening gown, the first step is to fold over the hem allowance and it’s better to fold the edge actually twice. Don’t hesitate to use the iron when folding, for better results. Never forget to use the right temperature, as you don’t want to burn your chiffon either.
Going further, you may use the universal presser foot sew for your hem, with some straight stitches. Inside tip: try to run a first line of stitches close to the edge of the hem.
As you need to trim the fabric as close as possible to the edge of the row of stitches, do your best not to ruin the fabric or the thread of stitches. This is how you get to hem with nice, narrow and straight rows.
We’re done with the first part of this complicated process and, pretty obvious, it’s now the time to fold the hem for the second time. If you are an entry-level seamstress (or a perfectionist seamstress as well), it’s also good to iron the folded fabric once again. Go on with the sewing along the first row of stitches and…enjoy the results!
You now have two even rows of stitching, just the way you should have.
There’s another way you may hem the chiffon, though. The first step is also to bend the edge of the fabric and to iron it for better results.
This type of hem uses zigzag stitches and you should set the stitch length less than 1 mm. this is where the tricky part comes in, as you need not to pierce the edge of the folded fabric.
To play it on the safe side, you may also sew a few samples for practice.
When you are hemming, you should stretch the fabric with two fingers for better results. Trim the fabric on your hem, close to the first row of stitching. Try not to damage the thread of stitches nor the fabric when using the scissors.
This type of hemming is great for all lightweight fabrics and it gives a great look to your skirt or gown.
Try to use a sharp needle, to cover the cutting surface with some tissue paper and put some weight on your working chiffon. You’re going to love the efficiency and accuracy you get every time!