"Gelatin your chiffon" or the tip that keeps people talking

Some time ago I posted a reply on one of the Pattern Review forum threads. The thread was about finishing seams on chiffon and how to win the war with notoriously unruly fabric. I posted the tip I use when I work with chiffon. So if you do the following, you’ll no longer dread it and join the ever-growing group of fans! :)

Here is my tip post as it was written on Pattern Review:

Wow ladies! :)) Ok one at a time.
I use older Juki, no cutting, “bare bones”. I love it to bits and it is so easy to find parts for.
The gelatin does not gunk up the needles because when it dries it does not get rubbery. As long as you keep your fabric and work area dry there will be no problem.
The recipe: take 3 teaspoons of gelatin and put it in a glass of cold water, leave it for 30 minutes. Then bring to boil, but do not boil. Add 3 litres of cool water. Pour this gelatin water in the bucket, put your chiffon there, leave it for an hour, then gently squeeze water out and spread out on the clothing line. Iron it ( when completely dry ) and it is ready to cut. The fabric will be tame but still flexible.

Try it and tell me how it goes! :)

Lena Merrin
Lena Merrin

A dressmaker of many years, I enjoy drafting patterns and create custom garments.

7 thoughts on “"Gelatin your chiffon" or the tip that keeps people talking

  1. Reina Benoir says:

    How much fabric will this stiffen? I have 4 yards that I have plans for will I need to make more?

    • Lena Merrin
      Lena Merrin says:

      It will feel like taffeta, much more manageable. 3L of water should be enough for the fabric length you’ve got.

  2. Lizzy says:

    This is amazing – I’ve done it twice and it’s transformed my sewing. Thank you!
    I’m posting about this experience and sending my traffic your way. All credit to you. Thank you again!

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