Tulle fabric is a light and airy, netting like fabric that was named after the city of Tulle in France where it was first manufactured. It is commonly used for making wedding dresses and bridal veils.
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There are different variations and quality of tulle. Some are thick and stiff, while others are soft and flowy. Each has a purpose in sewing, so be sure to know your project needs. The basic types of tulle are Bridal Illusion, English Tulle, and Silk Tulle. Since sewing with tulle can be a bit tricky, here are some helpful ideas:
- Tulle tends to attract static electricity. To combat this, grab a spray bottle with water and lightly spray. Be careful and do not soak, just a light mist will do the trick.
- Tulle has a low melting threshold and should not be ironed or pressed directly. It is best to remove wrinkles with steam or use a pressing cloth with a low setting on the iron.
- To prevent shifting while cutting, use a rotary cutter and self-healing mat. I personally like to fold the fabric over; lay it flat on the table, hold down with a large quilting ruler and cut on mat.
- Tulle is a slippery fabric that can be tricky to sew. To prevent shifting and prevent snagging, place a piece of transparent tape on the bottom of presser foot. This will to avoid snagging while sewing.
- Place a piece of seam binding under fabric to provide support for stitching. This will help prevent the fabric from being caught in the feeddogs and jamming your machine.
- Tulle does not fray. This is awesome news and it means that edges can be left unfinished. Leaving the edges of tulle raw can help add an airy feel.
- It is best to use a larger needle and thick thread when hand sewing.
- When gathering tulle, you can use your ruffle foot and gather a lot more in length than what you need for your pattern. This way, you can add more layers and make your project fuller and more interesting.
- Whether you’re sewing tulle with a sewing machine or by hand, use wide zigzag stitches and not looped stitches or short straight lines. If you are stitching with a machine, it’s best to use the longest stitch length setting.
- Before you sew anything with tulle, secure it first to the base fabric using several safety pins, then remove the pins as you sew. Doing this can help prevent uneven sewing and bunching.
Now that you know the tricks of the trade for sewing with tulle, it’s time to start stitching. How about this giving the picture perfect skirt or over the top tutu a try.
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Comments & Reviews
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There’s so many sewing accessories on the market today that home sewers can literally become a home based business in no time. The advanced computerized sewing machines on the market today combined with the amount of sewing accessories available make sewing or embroidering complex fabrics easier than ever.
charles antony says
Choose a tulle that should not tear and should be stitch friendly. At least tulle fabric should be tear resistant
I wish my mom and grandmother taught me how to use a machine. there are so many ideas in this head.
I have a question about removing a support thread on top of a dress. Can this be done? The top and sides of the dress are tulle and there is a single white thread that goes across. Would a seam ripper help remove this? Thank you so much.
It is best to evaluate supporting seams before grabbing the seam ripper. Some seams may appear to be just decorative topstitching but actually have a purpose and function. For example a seam along the edge of a neckline can be holding the seam allowance in place and preventing it from twisting and showing during wear. And a seam along an armhole maybe holding the lining in place.
Whichever direction you decide to go yes, a seam ripper will do the trick.