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Finishing seams and hems

Try to avoid adding in any extra bulk into seams but remember that velvet will fray so the raw edges do need to be dealt with. I prefer to use a 3 thread overlock, but if you don’t have access to an overlocker an overcasting stitch on your sewing machine will do the job. 

Velour will not fray so you can just leave that raw edged or possibly use pinking shears to crimp the edges. 

I prefer to line velvet garments where possible as it just gives them a much better finish. I cut the lining to the finished length of the garment then fold up 1 cm hem and slip stitch it about 2- 3cm up the hem alliance. This ensures that the lining is a little longer and has some movement in it. 

Hems are best left simple too. I usually just overlock the edge and either hand sew or blind-hem it in place. Either way it is best to let the velvet garment hang for a day or so just to let the fabric relax. You may then need to re-measure and adjust the hem as necessary. Avoid overpressing and just let the steam from the iron do the job for you. Steam with the iron just hovering over the fabric and gently pat into place with your hands. 

Now armed with all these tips and tricks I hope you give velvet a go. It really is a stunning fabric to work with. Add it into your wardrobe for instant glamour and sophistication. 

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