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How To Prepare Lace Trim Before Using It
Lace trim is a beautifully crafted lace piece that can be used in various crafty ways. It is primarily used for sewing purposes in a wide range of attires to give them a delicate charm. Lace trim is also used in a variety of craft items. You can use adhesive agents to add lace trim to mason jars or coasters to create some adorable DIY décor items. It is a versatile fabric that can be used in several items, with either sewing or with fabric glue. Lace trim can be easily found at the fabric store, or you can order online at Venise.
Here are the preparation tips one should observe before using lace trim:
- Once you have chosen the piece of lace trim, you need to determine the right or wrong side of the lace. Sometimes it could also happen that there is no right or wrong side, so don’t get confused.
- Once you have chosen the side you want on the top, mark it with a removable sticker to ensure you stay consistent throughout the process.
- Consider the type of lace you are using. If it is a beading lace, you can thread it with a ribbon. Remember, laces with a raw top edge will need to be finished first with a narrow hem.
- If you plan to give a gathering effect with lace trim, you will need to cut the lace 2-3 times longer than the required length.
- You can hand-baste or machine-baste the top edge to gather. Some lace trims have a built-in thread to pull for a gathering effect.
- Make sure that you use only sharp pins and machine needles that won’t snag the lace trim.
- You will need to wash and prepare the fabric and the lace trim you plan to use before you start sewing. This step is necessary as lace and fabric may shrink to some extent after wash. Especially cotton lace trims shrink significantly after the first wash.
- If you think the lace trim is stiff, then you can soak it for a few hours and hand wash it to remove starch. The best thing to do is to test a scrap first. Sometimes lace is easier to sew when it is stiff.
There are numerous ways to sew lace trim to create several designs. They are available in various materials, textures, and colors that can be used in a million ways. Use lace trims in your future DIY or sewing projects, and let your art speak for itself.