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Tips on sewing organza

Updated February 21, 2017

Organza is not the easiest fabric to work with. While it is beautiful, the fact that it is sheer means all of your seams and hems will show on the outside, not to mention it puckers easily and frays even more easily. If you want to use organza to make a lovely dress, it can be done as long as you keep a few important things in mind.

Wash

Wash the organza before you work with it. It may shrink slightly and throw off the finished garment if you don't.

Needle

Use a new 11 to 14 needle for sewing light- to medium-weight fabrics. The 8 to 10 needle is too lightweight to work with since organza is a stiffer fabric. Make sure the needle is new as it will be sharper.

French Seams

Sew french seams instead of serging the seams together. This makes the garment look neater and more finished. Make the french seams as small as you can.

Synthetic Thread

Use synthetic thread, polyester preferably. Organza is strong and needs a strong thread to hold it together. Cotton thread breaks too easily to hold up to organza.

Stitch Length

Use a long stitch length. Organza puckers and in order to avoid that you have to lengthen the stitches. Each sewing machine is different and you will have to sew on a scrap piece of organza to determine how long the stitches should be.

Starch

Starching organza makes it easier to work with. Use the spray-on starch and it should wear off by the time you are finished.

Fray Check

Use a small amount of Fray Check, or a similar substance, before you hem. This will keep the hem from fraying so badly and will make the finished garment look better.

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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.