Often used in lingerie or evening clothes, lightweight crepe fabrics like crepe-de-chine are synonymous with luxury. Because it is so fine it is often used to create drapes or add decorative touches to everyday clothing. It adds a different texture in rooms when used for soft furnishings, but it can be tricky to sew with. Using the right preparation, and the right tools for the job can avoid a lot of problems, as can a little practice.
Things You'll Need
- Fine needle
Cut the fabric as per pattern instructions. Use sharp scissors to cut out around paper patterns or a rotary cutter for long straight edges. Avoid cutting hems and seams along the grain of the weave to avoid fraying. Look for the direction of the threads in the material and make sure that long straight edges of the patterns do not line up with the threads when laying out the pattern before cutting.
Insert a new fine needle in a sewing machine; size 60/8 is recommended. If sewing by hand, use a new very fine needle.
Thread machine and needle with a lightweight cotton or lightweight poly-cotton thread. Machine embroidery thread can also be used in sewing machines. Use the same thread in the machine's bobbin. Use lightweight threads for hand sewing also.
Sew with small stitches, 1.5 to 2 mm or 12 to 15 stitches per inch, if sewing with a machine. Use zigzag or straight stitches. Sew with small stitches when sewing by hand.