How to Repair Chiffon


This tutorial will be about repairing chiffon. Chiffon is a tricky fabric to repair and getting
an invisible repair is usually not possible. These repairs are more about controlling the
damage rather than making the damage disappear. Whether the damage is a fabric tear or a hole,
chiffon is a difficult fabric. Why? It’s very delicate. Typically, chiffons can’t handle a high
heat, therefore you can’t use iron fusing repair techniques. The fabric frays a lot, so if left alone or
the repair is done poorly it can become more damaged. It’s also translucent so any type of patch
repair, even with matching fabric, is going to be obvious. If you’re dealing with a fabric tear, use
your scissors to trim off any fraying. Fold the fabric in half so the raw edges are
right sides together. Use the smallest sharp needle you have and
use matching thread color. We don’t want to create larger holes in
our fabric. If you can use lightweight thread even better. For this demo, I’m using a contrasting thread color just so it stands out a little bit more and you can see it. Now I have my fabric folded in half with this ripped part right on the edge. I’m going to start a little bit before that just so I can grab a little bit of fabric that is more secure for my knot. Basically what I am going to be doing is a whip stitch. And you really want to be careful because you want to grab the edge of the fabric but you don’t want to grab so close that you are grabbing the frayed edges. and the stitches are eventually going to be ripped out anyways I’m going in about 1/8 of an inch where I feel as if the fibers are a little bit more secure and the fibers are not going to fall out or come off. So you can see my stitch is going right over that top edge. So now I’m going to go a little bit aways from that and I’m making this fairly small so my stitches will be close together. So I’m going from back to front. This is like a whip stitch. and sometimes you need to move your stitch over a little bit so they don’t land right on top of each other And I’m not pulling it to tight because again since you have a damaged section of your fabric, it’s very delicate and you don’t want to cause any more damage to it. And you are just going to put your stitches right next to each other, it kinda wants to land where ever it wants to land. And if I feel like there is to big of a gap, I’ll just go over this section again from back to front. Going about an 1/8 of an inch down. On my fabric, so I’m just going to do this for the whole length of the damaged section. And I started a little bit before where the tear begins, and I’ll finish a little bit past where the end of the tear is. After you finish, use a product which stops
fabric fraying. You can find this at your local fabric store
in the notions department and apply it to the torn edges and your stitching. Apply lightly because it will show on your
fabric. Let it dry completely. On right side, gently pull the edges of the
fabric so it’ll look less like a wrinkle and lies flatter. You’ll see where the repair is made but
it is now contained as long as you don’t pull on it too hard. Next is the no-sew method and it’s similar
to the hand sewing method but utilizes a permanent fabric adhesive, which can also be found in
the notions department. Trim off any fraying Fold the fabric in half so the raw edges are
right sides together. Carefully, apply the adhesive to the edges. Even though it dries clear, it will still
show on the chiffon. Keep the glued edges together until almost
dried, then lay flat and push the edges together carefully. Let it dry completely. This is it dried. You can clearly see where the repair was done. But I can gently pull on the edges and it’s
not coming apart and the adhesive will also prevent it from fraying further. You can also use standard darning techniques
shown in our sewing machine darning video. But I would only do this for a major hole
and even then, this repair stiffens the fabric and the repair is really obvious. Your last option, if you want to make a major
repair and you want to hide it more is to utilize a patch. You can find delicate patches like this at
your local fabric store and they can be placed over the repaired area to make it look less
ugly. But even if your patch is an iron on, I recommend
sewing it instead of ironing it so you don’t damage your fabric further. With hand sewing, you are going to want to use a matching thread color. Again I’m using a contrasting so it’s easier for you to see. I’m grabbing a little bit of fabric right outside the patch. And then coming up from the wrong side to the right side of the patch. You could just do a whip stitch and this would be your first stitch but I like to do a blanket stitch when putting on patches So before I pull this all the way through I’m going to bring my needle through it. So I end up with not only a stitch going vertically but also one that is going horizontally across. I just feel as if it is a little bit more secure, so now I am going to do another stitch right next to that one Grabbing a little bit of my fabric, coming up from the wrong side to the right side of the patch. Then going through the thread before pulling it all the way through. And just continue going around the whole thing Now hand sewing on patches is time consuming but again this is a very delicate fabric so you want to treat it gently and usually hand sewing something like this is best. Even if it is time consuming. Just take your time going around. And when you are finished, your damage will be covered and it won’t be noticeable. So it will look a lot nicer, especially if you use matching color thread. If you’re dealing with something like grandma’s
old wedding dress, you should have a professional look at it if you’re not confident in doing
it yourself, especially since vintage fabric can be even more delicate. If you have any tips for repairing chiffon,
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8 thoughts on “How to Repair Chiffon

  1. Great tips! A size 12 beading needle is a very small gauge needle that could work very well with your sewing techniques!

  2. شكرًا لكم على هذه الأفكار لإصلاح الشيفون.
    كيف يمكنني خياطة الشيفون على مكينة الخياطة دون أن يتحرك أو ينزلق؟

  3. Unfortunately I don't think anything is going to fix silk organza, I would throw it away because it doesn't matter what you do any repairs are going to be obvious.

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