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From: GoGoAndrea
Date: 10-04-2006, 10:42 AM (1 of 7)
aka Big Hole Fishnet.

Spandexworld has it on clearance...I HAD TO!!! :re:

Any tips?? I have no clue what I'll do with it...maybe make a shrug...or a body suit thing for the torso...nothing too detailed obviously...and the fewer seams the better! lol

For my seams I would assume I should use some sort of binding or stabilizer...any recommendations? Maybe just serge my two pieces onto a thin string of spandex and I'll just have a solid line for my seam (that's okay)

I've sewn with cabaret net before and it was a PAIIIIN (though it was only ONCE before, my first time...and I DID manage to make it look half decent in the end)....I tried clear elastic and didn't like how it looked...and of course now the fencenet is even LESS fabric to sew into...

Sometimes I questions my sanity :bg:

Any help would be great :) Thanks ladies!
User: GoGoAndrea
Member since: 07-07-2006
Total posts: 43
From: GoGoAndrea
Date: 10-04-2006, 11:27 AM (2 of 7)
Update: I just got the fabric's definitely not as BIG of a net as I thought (the "squares" are only 1/4 inch across unstretched)...and it's not as stretchy as I thought it was going to be...ah well! Any help working with net fabric will still be great!
User: GoGoAndrea
Member since: 07-07-2006
Total posts: 43
From: AndreaSews
Date: 10-04-2006, 08:49 PM (3 of 7)
Hmm..Do you have a serger? It seems the kind of fabric that would benefit from a surged edge to lend stability. I wonder if you can use some narrow black piping/cording along your seams. The seam allowance of the piping would give stability you're looking for, and the piping would give it visual appeal and neatness. I like the shrug idea! Threads had a feature about a year ago showing how to make 3 different shrugs in 30 mins/each, using knits. I _think_ that's a knit, right?
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: DorothyL
Date: 10-05-2006, 08:44 AM (4 of 7)
I think I would bind the seams or use Andrea's piping.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: Patty22
Date: 10-05-2006, 10:05 AM (5 of 7)
You could always use the fishnet as an overlay on another fabric (even another piece of netting with more stability) to give the illusion that it is just the fishnet - yet you would be able to serge (or bind) the seams with greater ease.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: GoGoAndrea
Date: 10-05-2006, 10:18 AM (6 of 7)
Andrea - I beleive it's a knit...I was expecting it to feel like fishnet/fencenet tights do...but it has more of a nylon type feel to it...without having taken any classes about determining fabric type, that's the best I can describe it.

Yes I have a serger...I think what I'll try to do (for edges) is serge it with a stabilizer or solid piece of spandex, then encase in fold over elastic? I'll try the piping for the seams also.
User: GoGoAndrea
Member since: 07-07-2006
Total posts: 43
From: Imakwilter
Date: 11-07-2006, 02:22 PM (7 of 7)
Cool fabric.
While on vacation last year in Aruba (Hubby and I love to scuba dive and can finally afford to travel a bit since the kids are out of the house) I saw a lady with a very neat cover-up. It was really just a net like you have and I looked all over for it and finally got some last month. Knowing me it will sit there until a week before the next trip and then I'll be in a panic to make it work. So, please post and let us know how you like working with yours and how it goes. Good luck!

Matt 5:16
User: Imakwilter
Member since: 02-10-2005
Total posts: 3
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