Crepe-backed Satin
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  • Crepe-backed Satin

    Satin is one of the most elegant fabrics in production. The shiny surface, the soft hand, and the luster of the colors are a beautiful addition to any fabric collection. Satin is often woven with a pebbly-crepe back side, which doubles the usefulness of the fabric.


    Most crepe-backed satin will need to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned, to retain the luster of the fabric. To handwash, use a few drops baby shampoo in cool water, rinse well, then roll in a towel to remove excess moisture. Lay flat to dry.

    Needles and Thread:

    Sharp (quilting) needles are preferred for use in satin fabric. Use the smallest needle you can see to thread (70/10 is a good starting point). Cotton, cotton/polyester, all polyester, or silk threads are all good choices for construction.

    Seams, Seam Finishes, and Hems:

    Standard straight seams, 2.0-2.5 length, are good for most construction. If the garment is cut on the bias, use a small zigzag, 2.0 length, 1.5-2.0 width, to stretch with the bias of the fabric. Hems can be hand or machine rolled, machine topstitched, or hand blind-hemmed. For seam finishes, think thin. Use a 2 thread serged stitch, rayon seam binding, or tiny French seams for the most elegant effects.


    To maintain the softness of the fabric, use a third layer of the satin as self-interfacing. If you prefer a fusible, use the thinnest possible, such as Touch-of-Gold. For a thin, crisp, sew-in interfacing, use silk organza.

    Pattern Suggestions:

    Blouses, skirts, dresses, quilted garments, dressy tanks and tees, full pants, evening wear, scarves, stoles, camisoles, bridal wear

    Creative Possibilities:

    Use both sides of the fabric in the same garment; the body of the garment in the shiny satin side, and any trim in the crepe side. This is an elegant, upscale touch, and the trim is a perfect match!

    Additional Tips:

    If you have rough hands, wet them and rub salt or sugar over your hands, then rinse and dry. This will keep your hands from snagging the satin fabric.

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