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From: Bama
Date: 03-03-2004, 09:55 PM (1 of 3)
I thought this would be the best place to post this.

I'm hemming a prom dress for my neice. It has an off centered slit down the front of the skirt with 3 to 4 inches of beading along the edges of the slit. I had to cut off 5" to hem it. I tied off the beading strings at the hem but the threads were not long enough to backstitch them.
My question is, should I add some fray check or something to the back of the beading to make sure they don't fall apart? Could it show through? It's a white dress.

I would hate for her to be dancing and have beads fall all over the floor.:nervous:

Thanks for any help.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: Carol in ME
Date: 03-11-2004, 05:24 PM (2 of 3)
Maybe a tiny dot of Gem-Tac at the end of each tied- off thread would help hold. Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, beads do fall off. The first beaded gown I altered was for a young woman whose sister owned a bridal shop but lived far away. I told her how frantic I got every time I heard a bead hit the floor, and she laughed. Yes, that happens, she explained. That's why her sister's bridal shop is carpeted.
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: Bama
Date: 03-17-2004, 11:03 PM (3 of 3)
Thanks for the reply Carol.
I went ahead and used the fray check. I've never seen Gem-Tac anywhere, but I don't know much about beading. I think the fray check did okay.
Good thing I love my neice. This dress was not fun to work with. It was slippery and had an under skirt slightly shorter than the outer skirt. I was really nervous because my neice had saved her own money to buy this dress and I did not want to mess it up. She didn't have enough money left to have it hemmed at the shop. :bluewink: I couldn't believe it wasn't included with the $300 price tag.
Hopefully next time she'll pick something simple.:nervous:
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
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