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« on: May 09, 2007 11:15:43 AM »

I feel like such a nitwit, but I'm having a wonderfully difficult time hemming the dress I'm making.


It's a somewhat full skirt - definitely not a fitted skirt, and the fluttery-ness of it means the string powdered with talcum (or baking powder) didn't work too well.  I have scoliosis and one hip is noticably higher than the other, and I like to kind of hide this by hemming things properly.  We're rather new in town, and don't know many people, so there isn't anyone I can ask for help...I hate to take this to a tailor just to have it hemmed, but I'm on the verge.  The flutteryness means standing at the table edge won't work, either...right?  (I stood there for a few moments trying, but how I'd do the back I'll never know, lol.)

Does the Dritz EZ Hem work for anyone?  I'm at the end of my rope and irritated that I lost my momentum.  Believe it or not, this dress has been waiting to be hemmed for a nearly a MONTH.  I can't seem to get it right no matter what I do!  *sigh* Sad

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007 12:30:24 PM »

Do you have another skirt that is the right length that you can lay on top of the dress and use as a guide to pin? After pinning, you can try the dress on to see if it works and make adjustments.

Or try contacting someone from the American Sewing Guild, http://www.asg.org/html/chapters.html. Hopefully, someone can help you, even if they do try to sell you a membership, too. Then again, it might be good to be a member and always have a hemming buddy.  Smiley Membership is only $40/year.

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007 05:41:04 PM »

I usually hem on my dress form but I just bought the EZ Hem.  I haven't used it on a dress but I used it hem shorts and it seems to work well.  I think the key is making sure your edges are straight.
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2007 06:26:37 PM »

can a husband or significant other be bribed into pining. All it takes is proper use of a ruler and the ability not to stab oneself.

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2007 07:05:17 PM »

hemming sucks..i wish i could be of more help..but put it on..pin to where you think it should be..press it..take the pins out...then put it back on...continue pinning from there..its ghetto i know..good luck
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2007 10:19:11 PM »

I'm not sure if you mean the Dritz hemmer that can either use chalk or pins, the EZ Hem is a metal ruler with a curved edge (unless they've changed the name).  I have one of these http://www.dritz.com/brands/showcase/details.php?ITEM_NUM=699 and I've been using it or the older model for over 30 years and love it.  I dont have to depend on anyone to help me when I use the chalk puffer.  When I've used the pin type for fittings the only thing you have to keep in mind is to not put too much pressure on the clamp or you will move the pinning arm.

I've never tried the string and powder method so I cant say how it compares.  The only thing I caution about the puffer style is you need to make sure you do the hemming soon after it is marked.  The more you handle the skirt the more likely you are to shake the markings off.  It can also be difficult to use on very light fabrics, thats why I also have the pin type and also it is what I would take with me when I did fittings for others.

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