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Interesting hem . . .

Posted on: May 20, 2010

Sorry, no pics this time. Interesting subject though. I am currently working on a wedding gown with a hem that has an overlay of vertical ruffles, on top of a skirt of silk twill and english netting, underlined with silk organza. The vertical ruffles were a real pin. Let me rephrase that – a REAL pain! But I did it. What has me confused and stumped, is why, OH WHY!!! in the world would a high end couture Bridal House GLUE the hem down on the skirt (silk twill/english netting/silk organza). Yes, dear readers, it was glued down. Not a single thread to be found. It was very upsetting. How does one remove glue from such fine fabrics? After a bit of internet searching (what did we ever do without this precious tool?) I decided to try gently heating it with the iron and trying to separate the fabrics. It actually worked! Fortunately, the areas where the glue gathered the heaviest, will be cut off. Although there are a couple of spots that look a bit lumpy. Suggestions as to how to remove said lumps of glue are welcome and appreciated! And any answers as to why the glue was used to begin with would be wonderful as well!!!

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1 Response to "Interesting hem . . ."

I do work for 2 dry cleaners and adhesive is very easy to remove (sometimes when it needs to stay, as in sequins, buttons and other adornments). I think you could ask a reputable one to spot it for you, explaining your circumstances. Maybe take a piece that you have cut off and let him practice. They use a variety of products, depending on the base of the stain/adhesive. As for the why? Can’t help you there!!

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