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Expensive fabrics require fine finishes, and transparent fabrics need to look perfect inside and out. Therefore the joining seam of choice is a french seam.
French seam encloses raw edges and looks good on both sides. It is pretty easy to sew, check this out:
What about overlocking?
Overlocker uses 3 threads to overcast the edge and these threads often show on the outside. This fact doesn’t stop many people using this finish and I often see it in RTW too. Personally I think it makes expensive fabric look cheap.
Rolled hem is your weapon of choice. Fine fabrics have fine everything, so the width of the hem varies between 3 mm (1/8”) and 1.2 cm (1/2”).
For these types of jobs the rolled hem presser feet are the best tools, and I have quite a selection:
Using a rolled hem foot is quite a learning curve, so you don’t feel confident enough, you might want to choose to hem by hand, zigzag or use your overlocker. However, I think mastering this skill is well worth your while:
Armholes and Necklines
Bias finish for armholes and neck edges (where sleeves and collars are not used) are the best. You really don’t need a floppy facing showing through.
There are two widely used finishes: outside and inside bind. Outside bind is visible and can be used with contrasting fabrics as a decorative finish. Inside bind is concealed and great for clean look.
Usually you need a 2.5 cm (1”) wide bias for an outside bind, but keep in mind that fine fabric on bias stretches and gets narrower in a process. I have noticed that if I cut 3.5 cm (1 3/8″) wide strip, it usually just enough to work with comfortably.
Here is a quick refresher on the outside bind technique:
For the inside bind you can use the same bias width and trim it in the process, or cut it 0.5 cm (1/4”) narrower:
That’s it, I hope you are feeling more confident using fine fabrics in your sewing!