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« on: November 07, 2007 01:07:54 PM »

Hi everybody!!!
i have a question about hemming, my hem is always curvy and wobbly so i would like some tips/help to make it better. By the way i am a begginer, i want to make my dress 4 my cousins wedding, but my hem is quite not the best, help please???

« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007 01:34:23 PM »

Well, it kind of depends on what the problem is as to what you can do, but here's some general tips:

Keep your machine running slow - it will help you keep straighter lines (and won't be so wobbly).

It's important to accurately mark your hem placement.  You can purchase a hem gauge tool (it's a metal ruler looking tool), use a slide rule and pins (my personal favorite) or any other sort of measuring device that you can think of that would mark the hem length (I'm sure other's have good suggestions too).

Use lots of pins, then press with an iron.  Sometimes some fabrics are friendly to hem.  You may have to use lots of pins to keep the hem in place.  Ironing over the crease of the hem also helps keep in in place.


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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2007 01:43:23 PM »

Also, it helps to let a garment hang for 24 to 48 hours before measuring for your hem.  Especially if it is a fuller garment because anything that is cut on the bias will stretch.

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2007 06:41:20 PM »

I'm afraid this one is practice practice practice.  stacysews has given some great tips.  Another option is going a blind hem by hand -- you just finish the edge of the fabric, then press up the hem the depth you want (don't turn the hem under).  Then you stitch the hem by hand on the inside of the skirt -- there are a few different ways to do it, but the easiest is to basically do slip stitches, catching the edge of the turned up part and a few threads on the inside of the skirt - here's a picture that shows what I'm trying to explain: Hand sewing stitches - look at figure 3.  If you only catch a few threads of the skirt fabric per stitch, it is virtually invisible.  It takes a little longer than machine stitching, but it's easy to do while you're watching TV.

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007 08:09:54 AM »

mentioned but not emphasised : iron it. Hang it up overnight, then next day iron the hem where you want it. Then whether you hand sew or machine sew it should be much smoother.
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