(Closed) Making my own veil SUCKS!

posted 9 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There’s a spray called No-Fray, maybe that would help?


Post # 5
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I too made my own veil.  I ended up hand stiching ribbon on the edges (fold ribbon over the edge – you see half on each side then).  It took a long time to sew because it was a double layer chapel length veil, but in the end, it was completely worth it!

Post # 6
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Maybe its organza, which does fray a lot.

Post # 8
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

It does look a lot like organza and from what you stated about the fraying, it more than likely is. When I made my girls dresses, I used organza; 30yds of it. It gave me a headache. I tried everything for the fraying and the only thing that worked was a rolled hem. You can do that on your machine with a special presser foot; that is what I did. Or you can do it by hand. You will need to roll the edge of the fabric 1/8″ to 1/4″ and pin it. Then you will need to roll it over itself and take the pins out from your first roll and repin as you go. Then you will be able to sew it. Honestly, the fray check spray or otherwise didn’t work at all for me. Organza is one of the most difficult fabrics to work with.

Post # 9
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

if you want it to just be sewn on the edged or sewing something on only one side get tear away backing or disolving backing or even just notebook paper. it will support the material through the machine and then you can put it in water and it will disolve or the tear away you can go and pull it off (gently!) and it will look like it was never there

Post # 11
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

oh dear. good luck! I thought about making my own, and I am not sure I am willing to take it on. Let us know how it turns out.

Post # 12
2906 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

OH, wow. That sucks. I hated making my veil.

May I suggest some kind of … paint. LIke, can you use clear nail polish to line your edge, then cut from there? Then you can do the kind of hem you like.

Another bee posted about embroidering her own veil and they make a solution you paint onto the fabric to makeit stiff enough to embroider. Then you have to wash it out.

Post # 13
8 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

Hello.  I am a seamstress and make lots of wedding veils.  Here are my suggestions.  I recently made 8 bridesmaid dresses out of organza that was very difficult to sew on.  I discovered that if I sprayed the hemlines with Aqua Net hair spray….the kind that comes in an aerosol can, the edge was stiff enough to fold, press and sew the hem.  That spray will wash out, but it did not show on the yellow organza so I left it in.  Have you tried to serge the edge with a serger sewing machine?  If you can get the serge stitch fine enough, it will look like a pencil edge.

Another trick I use in my sewing is to carefully press a tiny hem around the edge.  Then machine stitch very close to that folded edge.  Then, very very carefully, using sharp scissors, trim away most of the fabric that was the edge, trying to cut a straight line near the stitching.  After that excess fabric is trimmed away, fold the hem up one more time and stitch about 1/8 to 1/4 in from the fold and it should look pretty good.  Do not pull or stretch the hem as you sew, or it will begin to look like a bias hem that got crooked.  Sometimes I hand stitch this step to assure a nice flat hem. 

I hope these tips help.   Patience is virtue.

Post # 14
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hope you find a solution that helps!!!  I am sewing crystals on the edging of my veil.  Found it at Micheals for $5 on clearance and removing the ribbon edge after the beading is done.  Have about 14 hours of sewing in, and approximately 500 crystal beads sewn on….almost done, about 100 or so to go!

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