How to Sew Lace Trim – Flat & Lace Inserts
Lace is a simple add-on to any dressmaking project; all it takes is patience and careful planning to learn how to sew lace trim. Today, we can use lace to trim garments, add interest to collars, and other parts of our clothing.
Before you Sew Lace Trim
Before you sew, wash and prepare your fabric and lace trim. Cotton lace trim, in particular, is prone to shrinking. Laces with a raw top edge should be finished first with a narrow hem. Some lace trims have a built-in thread for a gathering effect.
How to Sew Lace Trim to an Edge
Prepare the edge you’re going to trim with a narrower hem – see how to sew a narrow hem below. Pin in the lace trim to the edge with at least a 0u00bc inch (6mm) overlap and then stitch along the lace edge with a narrow zig-zag.
How to sew lace trim on top of the fabric:
When sewing lace to fabric, pin it in place and then zig-zag along the edge; for thin laces, one side is usually enough, but for wider laces, both sides may be required; if you use a matching colored thread, this will be nearly invisible.
How to Sew Lace Trim Inserts
Lace inserts can add a bit of extra dimension to your outfit; remember to choose lace that is the same on both edges if at all possible. I used a contrast thread color to better show the stitching, but a matching thread will give you almost invisible results.
Step 1: Place the Lace
Step 1: Turn the fabric right side out and pin the lace in place. Stitch along both sides of the lace with a straight stitch about u215b inch (3mm) from the edge, making sure the fabric doesn’t get caught in the machine.
Step 2: Cut Away
Step 1: Turn your fabric over and cut away the fabric underneath. Step 2: Cut away around u215b inch (3mm) inside the stitching. Step 3: Sew a lace insert – how to sew a Lace Insert – step by step.
Step 3: Fold Back
Fold back to the seam allowance and press to reveal the lace on the wrong side. How to Sew a Lace Insert – Step 2 – Instructions for making an insert with a bias-ply woolen topstitch or polyurethane interfaced fabric.
Step 4: Zig-Zag
Sewing Lace Trim Inserts – How to Sew Lace and Trims – Fit for a Queen. Zigzag stitch right on the edge of the lace, catching in the seam allowance underneath. Sew the garment up as usual, with the lace insertion becoming part of the fabric.
How do you sew lace on a dress?
Sewing Lace Trim Inserts
- Step 1: Place the Lace. Place the lace on top of the fabric right side up and pin it in place.
- Step 2: Cut Away. Flip your fabric to the wrong side and cut away the fabric underneath the stitching around 1/8 inch (3mm).
- Step 3: Fold Back.
- Step 4: Zig-Zag.
Can you add lace to a dress?
Yes! Every dress is different, but many have enough seam allowance to let the gown out between 1u201d and 3u201d, and a skilled bridal tailor can add fabric, lace, or beadwork to make the gown even longer.
What fabric goes under lace?
Your lace or sheer will almost certainly be made of polyester or nylon… use gentle heat, avoid steam, and press with a silk organza pressing cloth to avoid shininess.
Is lace hard to sew?
Lace is a difficult fabric to sew, but there are a few things you can do to make it easier: wash it, cut it, and make sure you have the right complementary materials on hand.
Can you sew lace with a sewing machine?
Start with a zigzag stitch with a width of 1.5 and a length of 2.5 and adjust to suit your lace. If there isn’t too much bulk in the lace, consider a French seam (how to sew French seams).
Can you make a dress longer?
Shortening a dress or skirt is far easier than lengthening one; in garment construction, it is always easier to remove excess fabric than to add it after the fabric has been cut and the garment has been sewn.
Can you glue lace onto fabric?
With Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion, gluing lace to fabric is a breeze. That’s right, no sewing required! We used lace to embellish a tank top, but this technique can also be used on jeans, jackets, shoes, and other fabric items.
How do you put lace on fabric without sewing?
Now, let’s look at some of the other options for attaching your fabrics!
- Fusible Tape. If you ask ten people about this topic, fusible tapes will be the first thing they recommend.
- Fusible Web. Fusible web is an alternative to fusible tapes.
- Fusible Adhesive.
- Fabric Glue.
- Hot Glue.