On a hot day, a top or dress with spaghetti straps feels cool. At a special occasion, multiple spaghetti straps on a dress make a fashion statement. On a camisole or lingerie, spaghetti straps lend an air of intimacy. Made from bias tubes, thin spaghetti straps require lightweight or delicate fabrics to make the straps narrow enough. When you sew thin spaghetti straps, plan ahead and try a simple technique to turn the tubes right side out.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Sewing machine
- Zipper foot
Cut a 1-1/2-inch wide bias strip long enough to make the number of straps you need. Cut more than one strip if needed. (See References 1, p. 181.)
Thread the sewing machine, and attach the zipper foot. Set the stitch length between .5 and 1, or a setting that will generate 20 to 25 stitches per inch. (See References 2, p. 203)
Cut a length of string 3 inches longer than the strap fabric. Make a knot in the string to form a small loop at one end. Fold the string inside the strap fabric as you fold the fabric lengthwise with right sides together. (See References 4)
Position the fabric with the needle 1/2 inch from the fold, lower the zipper foot and back tack to catch the loop of the string in the beginning of the seam. Make sure the rest of the string remains free of the stitching as you angle the stitching toward the fold until the needle reaches 1/4 inch from the fold. Lift the foot and straighten the fabric. (See References 3; 2, p. 203)
Check the string inside the fold to make sure it lies at the fold and remains free of the stitching. Lower the foot and gently pull on the fabric to stretch it as you sew 1/4 inch from the fold for the remainder of the seam. (See References 1, p. 181; 2, p. 203) Trim the seam allowance to make it equal to the width of the strap from the fold to the stitching. (See References 1, p. 203)
Turn the strap right side out by pulling the string to draw the fabric at the beginning of the seam inside of the tube. Continue pulling the string and pushing wrinkles in the opposite direction to turn the tube right side out.
Tips and warnings
- Stitch a wider or narrower seam allowance to vary the width of the strap.
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