Technique Tuesday: Finishing Lace Edges

October 5, 2010

Since we are working with lace for this week's Frock by Friday I thought it would be a good time to do a 'finishing lace' tutorial.

This is a good technique to use if you are working with lace that isn't finished on the edges. Hemming lace doesn't look so great so this is a neat alternative.

I haven't finished too much lace so if anyone has more good advice please leave a comment in this post.

PS. If the video below is too grainy for you, try right clicking on the video and choose 'watch on youtube'. The video is slightly better quality.

And stay tuned for Tuesday's Frock by Friday later today!

21 {comments}:

SL said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, good idea! Looks pretty. :)

Alex English said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome, that's such a clever idea!

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

very nice, thanks for the tute! seems like tissue paper might also work as a stabilizer and maybe be a little cleaner when tearing off? just a thought.

Annegirl said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! Very timely for me, as I've been wondering how this was done.

Leigh Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this! I've always wondered how that was done :)

Ana said... Best Blogger Tips

Never thought of doing that to lace. Thanks for showing us this technique!!

Never A Plain Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome! Would this work as well on other sheer fabrics such as chiffon or a light-weight silk? I'm assuming so, but would a stabilizer still be necessary?

Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a neat way to finish lace which I hadn't thought of, thanks! You can buy water-soluble stabilizer which would solve the problem of disturbing the stitching when you rinse out the toilet paper.

Kristina Clemens said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for this tutorial...ever since I started blogging, I have been searching for sewing blogs that actually address clothing, not crafts...turns out they are very hard to find, so I was super, super excited to come across your blog (obviously, new follower). I am wanting to open an Etsy store as soon as my children start school and have been blogging about things I build, alter and wear. Thanks so much for the inspiration here!!!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

Never a plain jane,
Yes, I would still use stabilizer. The thread count in sheer fabric is usually soooo thin. But if you use a water soluble stabilizer you shouldn't have to worry about seeing it when you're done.

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! I thought the same thing. I just wrote a post about sewing blogs for clothes and many people had ones to offer. You might have seen it but if you didn't here it is:

Sally said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, great technique. Thanks for sharing it! :)

Joi said... Best Blogger Tips

I was really excited about this tute, and then I checked to see if I had any embroidery settings on my machine....and I don't! Oh well! I'll figure something out!

jhelene said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the tutorial! I am following FBF and my lace is not finished on the edges. The available lace with finished edges just looked really cheap. This is my favorite blog, by the way. When I got back from my vacation last week, I by-passed all of my friends' blogs to check your posts!

Echo said... Best Blogger Tips

Hiya - lovely tute thank you and I like the idea of using toilet paper! Isn't it funny that we automatically think of the specialist sewing notions and don't look to those everyday things that will work just as well and are way cheaper!

the doll house said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for that tutorial, really helpfull as usual!!

Rose by Any Other Name said... Best Blogger Tips

This is soooo helpful - thank you Kathleen! I love your blog and read random bits of it every day. I happen to be working on a lace-trim project right now and had no idea how I was going to handle finishing my lace. This is brilliant and perfect - toilet paper stabilizer - I love it!

LGreenWriter said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for the great tutorial, Kathleen; i had no idea how to finish off lace. will def save $ on stabilizer by using something that's already "in house", lol. i love your site and the fact that since i only discovered it about a year ago, there's always something new/interesting/informative popping up. : )

Janice said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for this tutorial! - especially with all the extra hints about not pulling the lace or what to use as a stabiliser. I was worrying that I'd have to go and buy special interfacing, and then you pulled out toilet paper! Before the video I was planning on hemming the lace with ribbon or tape, but this is wonderful and so helpful.

Bootzey said... Best Blogger Tips

Exactly what I needed

mzlady said... Best Blogger Tips

I found this to be extremely helpful....
I have a single lace panel for a door.....
And no door to use it on...
Wanted to make place mats and I
am sure this is going to give me
exactly what I am looking for....

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