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« on: October 25, 2007 04:53:33 AM »

I can't get my head around how to hem a circle skirt, because the hem isn't straight, so there will be little extra bits in the turned-up bit, meaning the hem won't be a smooth line, but a series of little straight lines. Am I missing trick?! Is there a professional way to do it?

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 11:37:26 AM »

You can:
use bias tape (in a contrasting color) to finish the raw edge

use a rolled hem foot to do a narrow hem

run a gathering stitch along the edge and pull it to fit
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2007 12:11:56 AM »

a rolled hem foot

I didn't know what this was, so I googled it, and saw a little video showing what it does, and...WOW!  Shocked that gives such a neat finish!

Thank you so much for your reply, I'm off to the shops tomorrow for a new sewing machine foot!

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2007 04:16:53 PM »

the narrower the hem the better.

also, the rolled hem foot can be tricky to use...
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007 09:12:13 AM »

Oh no, don't say that! I just went out and bought one!!  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2007 12:47:02 PM »

I've made a few circle skirts so far

One was floor length, and I lock-stitched it. (Serging is the word in America, I believe.) That's the easiest to do in case of nearly 7 meters seam that will be somewhere hardly anyone will look.

The second was for a two layer, knee-length skirt. The layers were a bit thin, and when I hemmed them they would become a bit stiff, and that would look ugly. That's why I folded the hem a little bit (0.5 cm) to the back and zigzagged it on the edge.

On an other project I had quite good results with zigzagging the raw edge, basting it to the back, ironing and than sewing. After ironing it had a nice, smooth line. It can save your life, using an iron.

Oh, the third circle skirt I made was a knit, so I didn't hem it. It wouldn't fray, and I didn't expect it would look better hemmed.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2007 05:56:17 AM »

Don't fear the rolled hem foot.  Once you get the hang of just how much to fold and how to feed it into the foot as you go, you will wonder how you ever lived without it before.  I practiced on scraps of various weights of material before I tackled my first project.  It does get easier the more you do.
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