Enjoy Melissa's tips below on sewing with double gauze fabrics. Double gauze is a woven, breathable, soft, and lightweight fabric. It’s made from two layers of gauze, a light fabric with an open weave, that are basted together every inch. This basting forms a subtle grid over the entire fabric and allows the two layers to act as one. It gets softer everytime it is washed. Perfect for swaddling blanket and children's clothing!
Tips for Sewing with Double Gauze
1. Wash fabric to preshrink and obtain crinkle in fabric. Wash on cold and hang to dry or tumble dry on low. Be certain not to wash double gauze with other items that might snag it.
2. Choose projects that are looser fitting.
4. Lightly press out major wrinkles prior to cutting, but no need to iron completely flat.
5. If your fabric has grid lines, use them to get straight cutting lines.
7. Important: Stay-stitch all curved edges just inside the seam allowance to prevent stretching.
8. Optional: Use a walking foot or dual feed while stitching if available. Decreasing the presser foot pressure on your machine will also help if available on your machine.
9. Reinforce areas that will have grippers, buttons or buttonholes with baby interfacing. It works best to apply the interfacing to the lining pieces rather than the outer fabric.
10. Clipping or trimming the seam line on curves is not needed or recommended.
11. Topstitching 1/8 inch from the edge on areas that would normally have piping is a nice finishing touch.