5 Tips for Embroidering on Chiffon

chiffon1 200x300 5 Tips for Embroidering on ChiffonLight and airy chiffon drapes beautifully. It is most frequently woven from silk, polyester or rayon fibers. Adding embroidery to chiffon is a challenge. Often the fabric mars or designs turn out bunched up. Consider the following tips when planning a sheer project with chiffon:

1) Stabilizer: Use a water-soluble stabilizer and topper. Tear away will mar the fabric during removal. Cut away will eliminate the fabric’s sheerness.

2) Thread: Reach for silk thread when embroidering silk chiffon and all-purpose thread when embroidering rayon or polyester chiffon.

3) Designs: Select lightweight and airy designs. A low stitch count will prevent the fabric from bunching up.

4) Needle: Use a fine sharp needle such as a 75/11. Dull needles will easily snag the chiffon.

5) Washing: Always hand-wash chiffon and hang it to dry. Washing machines are too rough on this delicate fabric.

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2 Responses to 5 Tips for Embroidering on Chiffon

  1. Thank you for the tips on embroidering chiffon. I agree it is a tricky fabric to stitch, so much so that it is one I avoid unless doing a small design such as on a pocket. One more small tip I’d like to add is to spray the chiffon with some spray starch or your own homemade starchy stabilizer made from your scraps of water soluble stabilizer and water. Keep up the great inspiration through your magazine and blog. You are a must read for me!

  2. raj says:

    Thank you for the tips on embroidering chiffon. I agree it is a tricky fabric to stitch, so much so that it is one I avoid unless doing a small design such as on a pocket. One more small tip I’d like to add is to spray the chiffon with some spray starch or your own homemade starchy stabilizer made from your scraps of water soluble stabilizer and water. Keep up the great inspiration through your magazine and blog. You are a must read for me!

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