How To Sew With Sheer Fabric

Sewing with sheer fabric can be difficult. Learn these simple tips on how to create a beautiful stitch on a fabric that is very slippery.

What needle should I use?

For best results, use a sharp #70 needle. This needle is made for lightweight fabrics and will sew smoothly without puncturing big holes in the fabric. It may also help to use thin paper such as tracing paper or wax paper to put under the fabric when sewing. This will prevent the fabric from getting stuck under the pallet and into the dog feed.


To secure the thread, back stitch a 1/4 of an inch at the beginning and the end. When back stitching, the length should be set at 1 millimeter. For the rest of the stitching, adjust the length back to it’s normal setting which is about 3 millimeters.

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Does sheer fabric stretch when sewing a machine hem?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you sew on the grain, it generally won't stretch, though are some sheers that have stretch. If you can't stretch it when you pull on it vertically and horizontally, you shouldn't have problems with it stretching when sewing.
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