How to make lace

Just great! - how to sew lace and Co.

Lace is a very special material. On the one hand, you associate something noble, valuable - but on the other hand, top, simply because it is semi-transparent, is always a bit wicked. Especially when sewing underwear, lace is often used because the self-sewn lingerie really becomes something very special. Today we give you a few tips on how to use lace correctly and reveal what you should look out for when shopping.

From the meaning of the word, lace is always used to describe decorative elements in the fabric that are openwork. There are two different ways in which lace is made: Either yarn is artfully intertwined and connected (that would be bobbin lace) or a perforation pattern is created in woven fabric by piercing holes and pulled threads - this is known as needlepoint . There are also lace edging or flat lace (so-called plains) - and today we want to look at the second type in particular.

Nowadays you can actually buy lace fabrics by the meter everywhere. Here, too, there is bobbin lace and needle point. The needle point is usually more opaque and can be used very well for summer clothing, for example. These fabrics are often made of cotton, whereas the much more transparent bobbin lace fabrics are mostly made of synthetic fibers. If you also want elasticity, as is important with underwear, then there is no way around elastane - the way lace is produced, there is no other way to achieve elasticity.

When processing lace by the meter, there are two things to look out for. Some tips have a specially crafted arched or scalloped edge, which of course can be used particularly well as a finish for the tip areas. Of course, you can also hem lace fabrics normally, but you have to be aware of the fact that, due to the transparency of the material, a double hem will always be noticeable. If the pattern does not allow the curved edge to be used due to the lines or the fabric you have bought does not have such an edge, then you can, for example, sew a narrow rolled hem in a suitable color or border the edge with a very narrow, very narrow zigzag stitch. Or you can do the work and not just cut the fabric smoothly, but cut the lace threads according to the pattern, so that a beautiful curved edge is created again.

In addition, the direction of the pattern must be taken into account when cutting. Most of the time, lace does not have a classic grain, but the pattern does have a direction. The best way to see the pattern is by laying the fabric flat on a contrasting background.

Markings are difficult to draw on the tip. The popular knippets cannot be attached well here either. A good way of marking registration marks and the like on the fabric anyway is to attach a stitching thread in a contrasting color to the relevant point.

In addition to cutting, sewing can also be tricky. Elastic lace brings the same problems with it as any other elastic material - it can warp, especially in combination with other materials it can cause waves and so on and so forth. In addition, and this also applies to the non-elastic point, it can happen when sewing that the presser foot can get caught in the little holes in the point. It is therefore advisable to put the point down when combining other fabrics with lace. If you have a straight stitch plate for your machine, then it is highly recommended for these projects! The smaller opening for the needle means that the risk of the fine lace threads being pulled down is significantly lower. It is also helpful to use fresh and rather thin needles so as not to damage the fine threads. Set a short stitch length on your machine so that you don't cut into space.

In the case of underwear, it makes sense to design the edges with folding rubber. This gives you a clean finish and prevents any protruding polyester threads from pricking. The cut edge is neatly edged, you don't have to sew on an extra elastic band and you don't have to hemming. We have put together for you what you need to consider when processing folding rubber.

So you see, there is no need to be afraid of lace. On the contrary! The filigree yard goods are simply great! What have you already sewn from lace? And what tips do you have for the other Sewunity users? We would be happy to receive your comments!