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How to Sew Silk Full Guide of 2023

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The process of sewing silk is easy, but it certainly takes time and patience. Silk is a luxurious fabric that, when woven together, is deceptively strong.

Lonely silk threads, however, are delicate with ends that fray easily. We should handle the sewing of the material with care.

sewing silk

The process of sewing silk can be quite daunting, and no one wants to throw away silk because of a minor oversight. We’re back to help you allay your fears!

It’s best to set aside at least an entire afternoon for this, especially if this is your first time with the material.

The process of sewing silk fabric is more of a series of stages that allow you this beautiful fabric and minimize accidents. Let’s get started!

Sewing silk:

Sewing your silk fabric properly consists of:

  • Prewash the fabric.
  • Cut the fabric.
  • Prepare the material.

First you need…


  • Bucket, sink or washbasin.
  • ¼ cup vinegar.
  • Small sewing machine needle .
  • Scissors (make sure they are sharp!), sewing scissors, pinking shears (optional).
  • Sewing machine.
  • Silk pins.
  • A spool of cotton or polyester thread.
  • Hairdryer (optional).
  • Iron (optional).


After, collecting your fabric, it to prewash your silk.

This is because silk has a tendency to shrink and a perfectly fitting garment may appear crooked, etc. after it has nDDAJEeKzK for the first time if the silk has not been pre-washed.

sewing with silk

It is also likely that your silk contains excess dyes and you do not want it to bleed into other garments.

  1. In your sink of choice, wash your fabric with the hand. Some silk fabrics can , but we recommend doing this by hand as it is safer – just in case!
  2. Use mild detergents (Woolite , Ivory Snow , free versions of Tide, Purex, etc.) during the wash. You can also use a mild shampoo (baby shampoos are a good option).
  3. Wash deep colors separately. Vivid reds, dark blues xbUxAlk1EupHcan get into the water, discoloring other substances.
  4. From there, transfer the substance(s) into a bucket or container filled with 1/4th cup of white vinegar and a liter of water. Vinegar helps remove soap scum that may remain on the fabric. Swipe and move the fabric through the water to rinse out the soap.
  5. Now rinse the silk again with water to wash away the remaining vinegar smell and residue.
  6. Allow the fabric to dry. Note: Do not wring/twist the fabric to remove excess water. This can distort the shape of the fabric or even cause permanent wrinkling. Instead, place the fabric between a set of towels to absorb the moisture. Or let it hang and air dry. You can even use an iron in a low to medium setting and iron it over the top towel. You can also use a hair dryer.

Cut the fabric:

Make sure to wash your clothes first. hands!

We have mentioned the delicate nature of silk, and our hands can trap oils and dirt that can affect the fabric.

  1. Put tissue paper – or butcher’s paper, if you have one – under your side to keep it from slipping when you yzAyl5n7cut it. Using a fabric stabilizer also aids in cutting the silk by stiffening the material. for silk), so it is safe for pattern cutting. Cut each pattern one at a time! 6R0Dx91AChTefcWoIcocMewbek during this process, but remember that silk is a smooth fabric.

Preparation for sewing on silk:

  1. When you have cut out the pattern, pin the pieces of fabric together using the silk pins. Be sure to pin them into the seam allowances, as silk easily reveals holes.
  2. Press the seams with an iron on low heat or the “silk . ” setting. (Use a press cloth to avoid direct contact with the fabric.) Ironing seams make them more visible and help hold them in place while sewing.
  3. Cut away. any fraying. After pre-washing, it’s not uncommon to have a bunch of frayed edges, so this is where those pinking shears can come in handy if you have them. Ordinary sharp scissors will also work fine.

How to sew silk:

  1. For starters, we recommend by hand – baste the pieces of fabric together. The long, loose stitches help hold the fabric together and help you sew. You can use more tissue paper if your fabric is slipping too much. Placing a piece below your sewing area allows the needle to sew through both layers and you can easily tear away the tissue paper when you .

(For your sewing machine, this is it’s a good idea to use a flat bottom foot to prevent the silk from snagging as it moves through the machine.)

sewing on silk fabric

  1. Make sure your machine is free of dust, dirt and general grime. This is important when sewing and especially important for silk, otherwise you will get stains all over the finished product. Test a piece of silk on your machine, adjust your thread of tension and gauge. Aim for about 12 stitches per inch, although this is not a hard and fast rule.
  2. Pull the upper thread and bobbin thread away from you. This ensures that the needle will not accidentally wind up in the machine foot, causing holes or pulling the fabric while sewing.
  3. Lower the needle manually in the dust bags. This causes the sewing machine to start slowly so that the fabric does not wrinkle/crease.
  4. Gently flatten the fabric to feed it into the machine. make sure n’t pull it tight, as this can wrinkle the final project. From there, sew at a steady pace and go slow. Make sure your stitches are even and check your process regularly.
  5. Finish your seams with a surged finish or a French seam. The ease with which fraying of silk can ruin your project once the frays reach the stitching area.

And there you have it! Sewing silk is rather long, but the finished product should make it all worth it.

Now that you know how to sew silk, you can to attempt. a dress! Here is a video showing how to make a silk slip dress.

Have you tried sewing with silk?

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.