How to Cut & Sew Chiffon Fabric

Chiffon is a lightweight fabric that can be used on many different projects from curtains to clothing.
Chiffon is a lightweight fabric that can be used on many different projects from curtains to clothing. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Chiffon, a lightweight and somewhat translucent material, is used in a variety of sewing projects. Because the material is so light, it can be difficult to cut and sew because it can be easily torn or tangled. Take a few precautions when working with chiffon to ensure that your sewing project is as easy as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Chiffon fabric
  • Tissue paper
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Wide straight stitch foot
  • Small hole throat plate

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Pin a piece of tissue paper to the back of your chiffon fabric to cut it. The tissue paper will help to stabilize the fabric, making it easier to cut. Be sure to pin all the way around the fabric so that the chiffon is secure against the tissue paper.

Use a wide straight stitch foot and a small hole throat plate for sewing chiffon. If you do not have a small hole throat plate, the Online Fabric Store website suggests improvising using a piece of tape on each side of the hole to make it smaller. Just be careful to avoid the feed dogs.

Sandwich your chiffon seams when sewing. Position the seams to be sewn and then pin strips of stabilizer on each side. Stitch them, then use light steam to remove the stabilizer. Be sure to test your fabric for heat sensitivity before trying this.

Finish your chiffon edges with facings or bindings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not backstitch on chiffon.

References

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