Everything You Need to Know About Sewing Double Gauze Fabric

Sara SJ Kim
by Sara SJ Kim
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Hello, I'm Sara and I'm back with another sewing tips tutorial all about sewing double gauze fabric. Double gauze fabric is the perfect material for breezy and loose garments that are so lovely to wear, but the fabric is tricky to sew, especially for beginners.

Here, I'm going to share how to sew double gauze, focusing on how to avoid the dreaded fabric rip and prevent the fabric from stretching out.

I will list all the common options for you to use, so you can choose the methods that work best for you, as well as a couple of additional FAQs about sewing double gauze fabric.

Tools and materials:

  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
  • Double-sided fabric tape
  • Walking foot
  • Double gauze fabric
Stretching double gauze fabric

Should you wash double gauze before sewing?

It’s best practice to wash most fabrics before sewing, and double gauze fabric is no exception. Double gauze gets softer with every wash and can shrink a lot with the first wash. So,if you’re planning to make clothes, it’s best to wash and dry the fabric first.

Adjusting the setting on a sewing machine

1. Adjust your sewing machine settings

Lower the presser foot tension and increase the stitch length. This will provide some space for the fabric to move.

Using a walking foot on a sewing machine

2. Use a walking foot

Using a walking foot will decrease the grip of the top layer of double gauze when sewing. You can buy a walking foot easily and cheaply on Amazon.

Staystitch on the double gauze fabric edges

3. Staystitch edges

I staystitch all the edges before sewing layers together. The stretch of the fabric is really different with or without staystitching. I used a staystitch for the piece on the left.

Using double-sided fabric tape

4. Use double-sided fabric tape

I sometimes use double-sided fabric tape or fuse with interfacing on seams when I’m afraid of stretching out the double gauze. It helps make sewing easier too.

Finishing double gauze fabric with a serger

5. Finish seams with a serger

Double gauze frays a lot so I recommend that you finish all seams with a serger. If you don’t have a serger, I recommend tighter or more compact stitches for your seams.

I also recommend that you always press seams after sewing, whether the fabric is double gauze or not. It gives a professional finish.

Using a double needle on double gauze fabric

6. Use a double needle

When the fabric is giving me a hard time, I use the combination of a walking foot and a double needle. It solves my problem every time.

How to sew double gauze fabric

What do you line double gauze with?

Double gauze fabric can be a little transparent, so you may wish to add lining if you’re making clothes. However, the fabric is very light and breathable, so don’t use a heavy fabric for lining.

Tips on sewing double gauze fabric

Sewing double gauze fabric tutorial

Mix and match these tips on sewing double gauze fabric and you will find a combination that works for your project.

I hope this tutorial on how to sew double gauze fabric gives you the courage to sew double gauze with confidence. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Suggested materials:
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
  • Double-sided fabric tape
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