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Thread: silk wall hanging help

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    Member jilly's Avatar
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    silk wall hanging help

    Hi - I'm making a silk wall hanging with a few batiks, as a wedding gift. I'd like to bind it with the silk, but I am thinking I should maybe starch the silk ahead of time since I like doing machine bindings (but I might do a more traditional binding for this one.) ANYWAY, I don't think you can starch silk, but has anyone done it with success for things like this?
    Thanks. Jil

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    Try a little sample and see if it leaves water/starch marks on the sample. If it doesn't I don't see why you couldn't use it but it might make it extra tasty to moths? I know moths don't like synthetic fibers but they might like silk?

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    I made a scarf of silk scraps...and did a binding with silk which I did not starch...it worked fine for me...did the double fold, and used my walking foot.

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    Depends on what kind of silk you are using. Silk really varies from really thin, to pretty thick. Also, I would look at how much the silk you chose ravels, as this varies also, but on the whole silk does ravel easily. I would try binding a scrap and see if it works. If not, I would use a light weight stablizer that you can set with low temperature. I wouldn't starch because you are likely to get spots on the the silk.
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