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LittlePinkSock
« on: November 09, 2008 01:04:05 PM »

I mostly use jersey when I sew clothing, but I have all these dresses and shirts laying around, never worn because I can't figure out how to hem them nicely.

How can I hem jersey fabric (especially the really thin and lightweight stuff!) without it getting all wavy, like lettuce?
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marieC
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2008 05:19:31 PM »

I either band it or just don't hem it.  Jersey won't fray, so just make a really nice careful cut and you're done.  Suits the lazy part of me just fine.

I hear an overlock machine will hem jersey, but I don't have one or know anyone who does, so who knows.  All the stuff you buy was hemmed with an overlock machine, though.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2008 05:26:19 PM »

A walking foot would work.  Or you could try putting a tear-away stabilizer with it (try a few scraps to get the feel of it, and of tearing it off without breaking stitches).  Or, as marieC said, just cut it carefully, and leave it like that.  Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2008 05:35:03 AM »

My favorite at home way is to use a twin needle. It creates that t-shirt look while still letting it be stretchy and not needing an overlocker. I have hand hemmed jersey because I didn't want the hem to announce itself like that, but I wanted it to look finished.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2008 06:47:12 AM »

I sometimes use the wonderunder hem tape just to hold the fabric together and then sew it with a twin needle.  Works every time :-)
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2008 09:56:27 AM »

Thanks, all very good advice. I will certainly look into twin needle sewing and if I find out I know someone with an overlocker, I'll try that, too. Sounds WAY too expensive for my budget!
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2008 11:31:54 PM »

I'll have to try the twin needle, that sounds like a really nifty idea. I've always used a zigzag stitch (test on some scrap first though to get the settings right) and if the fabric is patterned or textured you really can't see it.
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2008 03:22:53 PM »

A twin needle creates a zig zag on the back and two straight lines on the front, so make sure to have the front facing up when you sew it. I have started to sew something before and realized I had the wrong side up. It seems more natural for me to have the wrong side up so that I can see the edge I'm sewing, but with a twin needle you need to have the right side up.
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LittlePinkSock
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2008 07:03:25 AM »

Can anyone tell me how to use two needles like that? I know my sewing machine is supposed to have that function, but I got it used so there's no manual.
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2008 01:59:26 PM »

the twin needle is actually a needle that has one end and two needles! so you have to especially go to the sewing-stuff-store and buy one! my manual was very vague about the twin needle-stuff, so i asked my mom and she told me. (damn what a bad manual! it has other shortcomings, too!) -- so you put it in your machine just like a regular needle.

once i got that problem out of the way, the road ahead looked much clearer. but now i can't remember where i put the twin needle i bought.......

they're more expencive than regular ones, and ask the shopkeeper to give you a correct one; tell her/him what kind of fabric you will be using it for. i almost got the wrong kind, because i didn't specify my needs from the start Smiley
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