In this video May Martin introduces us to the different Velvet Fabrics available at Fabric Land.
She first talks about stretchy Crushed Velvet, which is excellent for window displays, table cloths and fancy dress costumes. She describes how the reflection of the light on the fabric gives this material depth and texture.
May then describes the benefits of washable Cotton Velvet. As a short pile velvet, it is very easy to use and stitch together. Be sure to cut all the pattern pieces the same way up, so no textual or light variation is visible.
May explains how Synthetic Velvet can be tricky to use, as it easily slips and slides. She recommends using a walking foot or tacking the seams together. She explains how to iron this fabric either with an ironing board or velvet board to secure the fabric in place.
May stresses how it is important to avoid squashing the pile onto the fabric. When pressing the seams, make sure you do not press them flat or this will create a shiny line. She also recommends inserting card under the seams or using a pressing tool, such as a seam roll.
When sewing with Velvet, May strongly recommends testing everything you sew. Experiment and practise with the fabric before you start working on your creation.