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How To Stitch Velvet or Silk Sleeves

Updated on October 3, 2012

Sewing Velvet Sleeves On Clothes

There are many types of sheer fabrics that you can use to sew sleeves on clothes. Sheer fabric sleeves such as silk or velvet are brilliant materials. You should always remember to use a french seam for the seam allowances and make sure that the hem is well stitched.

To sew a delicate or soft sheer fabric such as silk or chiffon sleeves, you should make sure that you bind the sheer fabric or bias cut strips for sheer such as satin. There are other kind of sheer fabric that you can use as sleeves on your dress or blouse. You can use sheer fabric such as polyester satin and others.

Sewing Methods For Sheer Sleeves

Prepare The Sleeve

By placing the right side upward and use ease stitching technique to stitch two rows outside of the seam and work around the edge at the top of each sleeve. Do not cut thread ends.

Stitch The Seam

By reducing the sewing machine foot pressure, place the sheer sleeve with wrong sides together. Tack and stitch the seam edges of the sleeve and press seam.

Finish The Seam

With seam on the fold, turn the sleeve and place it to the wrong side by folding with right sides at the same time. Press and continue like that with the remaining sleeve.

Prepare The Sleeve Hem

You should try on the dress to see how the sleeve hem length will look like and if you will need to trim it.

Press The Sleeve Hem

Make sure you press the the raw edge of the sleeve on the wrong side by using correct temperature of the iron.

Stitch The Hem

Pin, tack and stitch the hem in place very close to the fold in the inner edge. use blind stitch to hem, if you want the finish to be invisible.

Tips For Sewing On Velvet Sleeves

  • You will find out that it takes very little before velvet get a mark on it, so avoid picking seams
  • Make sure that you do not use iron on interfacing, instead opt for sew in interfacing
  • Avoid pressing velvet too hard, and press it on the wrong side
  • Reduce the pressure of the sewing machine foot while sewing velvet sleeves
  • Use stitches that are longer instead of shorter stitch length
  • You can hang your velvet in a steamy bathroom to smooth out creases

How To Make Bound Sleeve Hem

Try and cut the sleeve hem allowance off and Take a measurement around the sleeve lower edge. Measure and cut two bias binding, so that you can use it to join the ends.Use slip stitch method to attach the binding.


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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Thanks Tasha, great that you enjoy and love the hub.

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      Tasha 5 years ago

      Hi Bizwiz!

      Really enjoying your page! Love this post on sleeves, it's such an interesting way to dress up an older outfit!

      Great post!

      ~ Tasha

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Thanks, Janhorner.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      Hi Bizwin this does not surprise me because your article was so well penned. Good luck with all your fututre writing.


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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Thank you so much Janhorner for your comment and suggestion. I have published on a local mag but not on fashion related articles, although I write for many private clients. Thanks once more.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      I am by no means any good at sewing! Your article has some really good information for anyone starting out or needing some advice. Have you tried getting your artiles published in a mag related to this type of thing? It would seem a good idea to me. Voted up,