Sewing with Tulle: Tips and Tricks

Party decorations, ballerina tutus, bridal gowns and little girls’ play dresses might be the first things that come to mind when you mention tulle. Tulle is a great fabric with many applications, made in a multitude of colors, with or without glitter, matte or shiny finishes. There is a combination out there to cover your most poufy project aspirations!

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Fabric Characteristics of Tulle

  • Does not fray
  • More stretch in the width of fabric than the length
  • Made from silk, nylon, polyester or rayon



Care and Use of Tulle

  • Hand wash if possible.
  • It can be washed in the washing machine—wash inside out in a laundry bag (test first).
  • Use a delicate cycle, cold water, low spin.
  • Lay flat to dry or hang dry.
  • Use a steamer or iron on the lowest temperature with a press cloth to get out stubborn wrinkles.
  • The best way to store your tulle garment is to hang, but watch the use of clips to prevent creases or wrinkles. Place the item in a cotton garment bag.

Recommended BERNINA Presser Feet for Sewing with Tulle

BERNINA Jeans Foot #8/8D

  • For best results, use Jeans Foot #8, or Jeans Foot #8D if you have a machine with Dual Feed.
  • The single hole in the Jeans Foot #8/8D Foot helps prevent your fabric from being pulled into the stitch plate.


Tips for Sewing with Tulle

  • Use a Straight Stitch Plate.


  • Adjust Stitch Length from 3-5.
  • Presser Foot Pressure: Start with lowering your pressure by 10-15, depending on the number of layers, and adjust after test sewing for the desired look.
  • Use Universal or Sharp needle size 60-80/12.


  • Use cotton thread to help with static build-up.


  • Stitch slowly to prevent puckering or gathering.
  • Stitch on bias tape or use a lightweight stabilizer to prevent the tulle from being pulled into machine if necessary.


  • Use pattern weights to help with cutting from a pattern.


  • To help with static from the tulle, lightly spritz with water or even use an anti-static spray.



In summary, tulle may look intimidating to sew but with the right tools and techniques, you can make any project a colorful success.  So head on out to your local sewing spot to gather some tulle and make a poufy skirt to bounce around in!

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