Tissue Lame is an eye catching fabric due
to its metallic sheen. This makes it a go to fabric for costumes, but it can be used for
other garments and craft projects. This video will provide tips for working with this tricky
fabric. Some issues you may have with tissue lame
are. It’s not an easy fabric to care for.
It’s lightweight and lacks stability. It’s delicate and can be damaged easily.
It frays like crazy. It might feel scratchy against your skin. You’ll definitely want to read the fabric
label. Tissue lame is combo of Nylon and Metallic fibers so it cannot handle a high heat for
things like pressing or fusible interfacing. It may also be dry clean only. When laying out your pattern pieces, use the
layout for napped fabric. You’ll want all your fabric pieces to be going in the same
direction so the grainline is especially important. I’ll mark an arrow on my grainline if there
isn’t one already, pointing to the bottom of the pattern to make the layout more clear. This fabric can be damaged and snagged easily.
If you use straight pins, place them within the seam allowance area only. Or you can use pattern weights and a rotary
cutter to cut out your pieces. Be aware that the metallic threads in the
fabric will dull your pins, needles and scissors. After your project you may need to sharpen
your shears or use cheaper shears to cut out your fabric. You can also cut out with pinking shears to
delay fraying, but it won’t stop it completely. After you cut out your pieces, you can finish
all the edges of your cut pieces with a zig zag or overcast stitch on your sewing machine. Or apply a product to stop fraying, but apply
lightly as this product might stain the fabric. Fraying is definitely the biggest complaint
with this fabric. Not only does it not look good but if it frays enough, your seams can
simply come apart due to weakness caused by the fraying. Because of this, consider doing an enclosed
type of seam instead of typical flat seams. One option is a french seam. Place your fabrics wrong sides together and
sew a seam at a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Trim your seam allowance to less than 1/4 inch. On the wrong side of the fabric, pinch the
seam allowance area so the seam line is in the center and then sew 1/4 inch seam allowance. This is the right side. And this is the wrong side. The raw edge is
completely enclosed. You can also do a flat felled seam for another
enclosed seam option. See our description for a link to this tutorial. When sewing on your machine, you’ll want to use sharp needles size 70 10. Use a new
needle and change it throughout your project because the fabric will dull it and a dull
needle will cause snags. Use good quality all purpose thread.
Use a standard stitch length of 2.5. Your thread tension should also be standard.
Start at a mid level like a 4 and adjust after testing on swatches of the fabric. If thread tension doesn’t stop fabric puckering,
sew with tissue paper between the presser foot and fabric. When finished with the seam, tear the tissue
paper off. For marking the fabric, use a fabric marker
that disappears over time. When pressing, you’ll want to use the low
heat setting for nylon and press on the wrong side of the fabric using a press cloth. To give the fabric more stabilization and
make it less see through, consider using an underlining. This will also make it more comfortable
to wear against the skin. For this, you can use a lightweight cotton
or lining fabric. Cut out your pattern pieces in your cotton for each lame piece you have. Place them together wrong side to wrong side. Then baste around the perimeter of the whole
piece. Now you can sew the pieces together as you
would a single layer of fabric. I would still recommend enclosed seams to prevent fraying. For a hem, consider doing a rolled hem. You can find the link for the rolled hem in the
description. If you need to remove stitches, take them
out carefully and then rub gently over the stitch holes to make them less noticeable. You can have some beautiful results with this
fabric but the most important part is to take your time. If you have some tips on working
with tissue lame, please leave a comment below. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please
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