Originally Posted by dizzymonochrome
You could probably "heal" the holes by ironing before trying to sew again. The machine needle doesn't actually make holes, it pushes between the threads of the fabric. Breaking the stitching thread rather than picking would preserve your fabric better.
You could try some seam sealer for the fraying.
I probably have to. I just bought a satin stitch foot for my machine. I asked for a button one and a roller, (which seems both sewing dealers in my area doesn't have a roller) and they told me the satin stitch with a darning plate would work just fine.
I also tried something with the fosshape where I took the light blue satin w/ a crepe back and the satin gold on top and fused them with wonder under then took those pieces and ironed the back of the fosshape to fuse to the back of the light blue. It came out pretty good but what I was originally going to do was zig zag the edge of it to attach to the base dark blue crepe, similar to how to finish the edge of a seam. The store I went to said I couldn't do that with this because the the fosshape 300 was too thick to attempt it with a satin stitch and that even a straight stitch with a walking foot wouldn't help either.
My girlfriend suggested tapering the edge of the fosshape to lower it which both workers seemed to ignore, only to ask us if we had one of those high powered sergers... like twice. I remember hearing someone mention on how to deal with dramatically different fabric weights... The worker suggested something about tissue under the fabrics when sewed but I think that just had something to do with the satin stitching. Her other big solution was to use a decorative stitch rather than just a satin to help with the terrible fraying that the gold satin has been doing. (which is why I'll probably use that seam sealer) They also suggested just gluing the piece to the fabric, rather than trying to stitch it but I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with that either... Is there a way I can help give my foot support? should I perhaps place pieces of the fosshape next to the piece with a small gap for the needle? what do you think of my gf's idea?
I was probably going to do this around the whole perimeter of the 4 panels too. We decided just trying to make the fabric pieces wrap around the fosshape on those because the shapes were just too strange that a sleeve would be rather difficult to slide the fosshape into. So what I was thinking of doing was fusing the light blue onto the front gold, wrapping the edges around the fosshape, fold the edges of the back piece to the fosshape then satin stitch the whole perimeter to bring them together.
btw, Penlowe. Your suggestion worked out great. They look really good.