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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-21-2007, 12:05 AM (1 of 5)
My daughters best friend wants a wedding ring pillow in white and black satin. The inside square is white, with a black (1/2-3/4") border, then white around the outside border, total 8" square. Well, I tried to sew the black border around the white square like log cabin strips, then the same with the white border, but I find the satin so slippery and it frays so easily that my strips are not straight at all and it looks like crap. What do you suggest for doing this? Am attaching a pic that she sent me for what she is wanting.
Do I interface all the satin, do I make a black piping, do I hand sew on a black ribbon??? Help!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-21-2007, 07:02 AM (2 of 5)
I've been told that if you use tissue paper over the top when you're sewing satin it reduces slippage. Personally I don't plan to touch the stuff until I've got a walking foot - roll on Mothers Day.

I'd be tempted to hand baste a ribbon into place and then machine stitch it.

Don't worry though - I'm sure someone will come along with a better idea.
User: PaulineG
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-21-2007, 09:53 AM (3 of 5)
When I made my daughter's satin skirt I serged all the edges before I even started just to stop the fraying while I was working.
I have a Pfaff with the built in walking foot and had no real problems with it slipping around though.
An iron on interfacing might help. The non woven stuff would probably be fine.
I kind of like the idea of sewing black boarder on top of the white background and being glad it's not white on black.
Ribbon would be pretty -- maybe velvet ribbon.
User: DorothyL
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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-21-2007, 09:08 PM (4 of 5)
That's making me think - black velvet ribbon, hmmm, I could almost handle doing that. I tried serging the edges before sewing it together and I still had a heck of a time. When I did the wedding dress, it seemed much easier, longer seams maybe?? These little strips are piddly to work with.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-21-2007, 09:36 PM (5 of 5)
Looking at the picture, it seems such a small amount is black--It ought to be a trim. You can sew in a piping, as you suggested, a ribbon, a braided trim from the upholstery section--This allows you to play with textures a little, and is also less painful to work with than strips of satin. I'd work with a solid white square, and then baste on the trim, and stitch it down by hand or machine, whichever is easiest for you. You've already put in a lot of energy!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
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