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From: bethy
Date: 07-24-2006, 03:32 PM (1 of 4)
I posted this same question in general sewing, but maybe this is a better place to ask.

I am sewing flower girl dresses for my two daughters. I am using a beautiful silk tissue taffeta but I have never used silk taffeta before. How do I care for it? Do I prewash it in the machine or by hand? Air dry? low iron? when the dresses are finished and need to be cleaned do I dry clean or can I wash them myself? The bride chose the fabric and had it sent to me but there were no care instructions included. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 07-24-2006, 06:52 PM (2 of 4)
I don't know if silk tissue taffeta is different from real silk...but there was a discussion on ironing silk in the general sewing forum a while ago. Here is the link to it. In it I posted two links: one to a site on care of silk and another on ironing and silk is mentioned lower down. Hope this helps.

Ironing Silk (
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From: BabsSewingRoom
Date: 07-26-2006, 12:14 PM (3 of 4)
My experience with taffeta is NO pressing. Ask me how I know - I had to redo a flowergirl bodice because I was in auto pilot and kind of forgot what I was doing. Just finger press, any heat causes it to look flat.
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From: Sew-Enchanting
Date: 08-02-2006, 09:40 PM (4 of 4)
If you wash silk taffeta by hand (or any taffeta, afaik), it will lose that crisp hand and some of the sheen. I'm afraid it's dry clean only if you want to keep the taffeta look.

With silk taffeta, you could iron on VERY LOW settings with a cloth - high settings could yellow the color and burn it (but not as badly as "regular" taffeta). I usually finger press/tailer clapper press just to be careful.

Good luck!
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