When I shared my wedding day ensemble with you a couple weeks back, I mentioned that I purchased a satin sash for my dress which was much too long and needed to be shortened. Today I have a quick tutorial on how I 'hemmed' it to prevent fraying. This will also work on satin ribbon of any size and most satin fabrics (even some silk).
What you'll need:
Block of scrap wood
Wide flat paint scraper or similar tool
Thin knife with no serrations (does not need to be sharp)
Propane Torch (or other heat source)
Crazy pyro husband (optional, but very helpful)
Disclaimer: This tutorial involves FIRE, so be careful kids! I let Tyler do the dirty work on this one so consider finding a friend, neighbor or family member with the proper tools and ability to help you.
Measure the piece of satin you are using and cut it about 1 - 2" longer than needed using a pair of scissors. Lay the satin flat on a block of wood and position the paint scraper where you would like the cut.
Heat the knife thoroughly over the torch and run it quickly, but firmly, over the satin along the edge of the paint scraper. You can go over it a second time if you work quickly.
Gently pull the cut portion away and lift the paint scraper. You will then have a clean, smooth cut that is melted and sealed – voila! It's like magic, only different.
If the cut did not go entirely through the satin, you can reposition the scraper, reheat the knife and cut again in the same spot or a new spot.
I couldn't believe how well this worked, and with the proper tools, it was very fast and easy.
If you do not have a torch or are uncomfortable with this method, another option is to use a candle, though it is very hard to get a clean edge. Cut your satin to size and run the edge slowly along a candle flame until you see it begin to melt. DO NOT put the satin in the flame, but hold it about a half inch away. This does work well but you will see that it melts faster in some areas due to the bounce of the flame so it is hard to get a straight edge.
Regardless of which method you use, I suggest practicing on scraps!