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Old 07-24-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Which fabrics are acceptable for Ribbon Work?

I'm trying to make Straight Dance suit for my son. Can I use satin for the ribbon work?

I went to the fabric store expecting to purchase the recommended taffeta and found only patterned taffeta or pink taffeta. They had the colors I wanted in satin though so I bought some samples of that which I'll practice on today.
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I'm trying to make Straight Dance suit for my son. Can I use satin for the ribbon work?

I went to the fabric store expecting to purchase the recommended taffeta and found only patterned taffeta or pink taffeta. They had the colors I wanted in satin though so I bought some samples of that which I'll practice on today.
I know people have used silk. Not sure about satin. I'd test it out first and see how it is to work with.
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The waving of satin is different than that of taffeta.
A little bid dificult to describe for me, because my English is not so good.

It belongs to the technique you use. If you do it as Patchwork- satin is fine, bit with the trad. technique, it may be, that at the edges, the thread of the cloth will come out shortly and look hairy- thats the bad thing with satin and why it is not used so often for this case.

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The waving of satin is different than that of taffeta.
A little bid dificult to describe for me, because my English is not so good.

It belongs to the technique you use. If you do it as Patchwork- satin is fine, bit with the trad. technique, it may be, that at the edges, the thread of the cloth will come out shortly and look hairy- thats the bad thing with satin and why it is not used so often for this case.

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+1 Satin will fray over time.
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Use taffita. It will last longer and generally will not fray on you when you cut and fold.
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I ended up using satin for the "base" materials. I couldn't find the colors (two shades of golden tan/brown) I wanted otherwise in taffeta or silk. Since I wasn't going to cut and fold those materials, I thought it would be okay. I hope that they don't fray over time.

I used silk for the top two materials mostly because I thought the colors, garnet red and olive green, were better than what I found in taffeta. Also, after doing some research, I thought that silk was tougher than taffeta and was the material originally used for ribbonwork.
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The satin is fine but it just won't last as long as the other materials mentioned. It does not take abrasion well and hence the eventual "fuzzy" look. If you are not doing the snip and fold technique, then you will need to apply a light weight fusible iron-on interfacing to the backs of each of your ribbons to give them body.
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i use the older style cut and fold technique with hand stitching. watermarked taffeta is the only thing i will use.everything else frays to crap and is hard to cut n fold. even with plinking shears to cut it with. if youre a badass and have extra $ go old school and stick with hand dyed silk. all of the older ribbonwork was strictly silk and is amazing to look at.
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If you use polyester satin, make your cuts with a hot knife. I use a soldering iron with a filed edge. My ribbons never fray and has lasted me 20 years now. But they are stiffer. So, the tag ends hanging off the edges of the broadcloth don't flutter much. I also use the soldering iron to melt the corner of a fold to make it hold till I can sew it down. It works very well. I have no need for glue or backing.
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If you use polyester satin, make your cuts with a hot knife. I use a soldering iron with a filed edge. My ribbons never fray and has lasted me 20 years now. But they are stiffer. So, the tag ends hanging off the edges of the broadcloth don't flutter much. I also use the soldering iron to melt the corner of a fold to make it hold till I can sew it down. It works very well. I have no need for glue or backing.
I like this idea. IF I use satin ribbon again for ribbon work I will try the soldering iron idea. I have used the satin before and yes it does wear out and fray... Bob
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