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From: Sewin76
Date: 08-16-2003, 02:56 PM (1 of 8)
I hope someone can help me. I'm working on some bridesmaids dresses that I'm hoping to finish up this weekend, but am running out of time...

The material is dulled satin. The dress is almost like one we found in a bridal shop. It is a skirt & top, the tops are white, the skirts are black and have a bit of trim in the same material as the skirt - a small band going around the top just under the bust. Here's the problem. After I get the band of trim all put on, it has puckered a bit. How can I attach this trim without these little puckers? Is this a tension problem? If so, how do I adjust- loosen or tighten the top tension? Handstitch? Any help is greatly appreciated!
User: Sewin76
Member since: 04-30-2002
Total posts: 6
From: Seams Sew Right
Date: 08-16-2003, 04:13 PM (2 of 8)
How wide is the band of trim?
User: Seams Sew Right
Member since: 04-25-2003
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From: DorothyL
Date: 08-16-2003, 04:35 PM (3 of 8)
How bad are they - can you hit them with a little steam -- maybe with a press cloth?
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From: Sewin76
Date: 08-16-2003, 05:18 PM (4 of 8)
I took a strip about 1 1/4" wide & serged both edges then folded it in half, stitched the serging down then folded the rest of the band over it to hide the stitching. Then I hand tacked the folded edge down.

I tried pressing it, and it did help some, but not much.
User: Sewin76
Member since: 04-30-2002
Total posts: 6
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 08-16-2003, 06:52 PM (5 of 8)
Maybe your hand stitching is too snug.. That could cause puckers if the stitches are too tight..:cool: :cool:
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From: brendalou
Date: 08-16-2003, 09:18 PM (6 of 8)
I agree with Libby, the hand stitching may be too tight and not consistent. The only think I can think of.
==Brenda Lou
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From: plrlegal
Date: 08-17-2003, 02:56 PM (7 of 8)
brendalou this may not be what is causing it but I found in sewing satin of any kind that polyester thread will cause puckering in the seams sometimes, especially in the serged seams. I've never figured out if the satin stretches when you're serging it and then sort of relaxes back to its original shape or what. I just know that if I'm working with satin, charmeuse, silk, i use only cotton or silk thread.

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From: Sewin76
Date: 08-17-2003, 04:09 PM (8 of 8)
Well, third...ok fifth time's a charm. I finally got it to work & what a relief. I switched threads (thanks for the tips!!) & loosened the tension some. I also marked where the band was going & laid it on as I stitched. Before, I had pinned it on. I think it was grabbing too much of the bodice & not enough of the top when it was actually stitching. So a combination of thread, tension & placement seems to have fixed the problem. Thanks so much for everyones input. What a relief. I think I can actually finish these things today!! Good thing since the wedding is now just under a month away.
User: Sewin76
Member since: 04-30-2002
Total posts: 6
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