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« on: July 18, 2010 04:30:00 PM »

I've been working on the Coffee Date Dress from Burda Style for weeks and I'm FINALLY finished...except for the hem. This is turning out to be really tricky. I'm sure it doesn't help that I've never really sewn a dress before (my experience is mostly reconstructing t-shirts) and I just had to pick a slippery silk charmeuse to work with.

So I'm trying to do a blind stitch hem right now and following the instructions on this video (http://www.threadbanger.com/post/8120/how-to-do-a-blind-hem-stitch-on-your-sewing-machine) but my fabric just does not want to iron flat. Works fine with a plain square of fabric but since the hem of my dress is circular it just isn't working the same way. I know a blind hem stitch is used for formal dresses all the time so there must be some way around this but I can't figure it out. Can anyone help me out?
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2010 04:50:51 PM »

Personally I almost always hem by hand.  Maybe a rolled hem would work better for you?

http://www.colettepatterns.com/blog/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-how-to-create-a-hand-rolled-hem
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2010 06:02:24 PM »

I help out at a costume shop sometimes, and we hem our formal dresses by hand with a blind stitch. It gives you more control to tuck the fullness in (since it's circular, when you fold it up there ends up being extra - this may be why it's not ironing flat). You still have to iron the hem, but if it's not ironed perfectly you can fiddle with it when sewing it (at least that's what I do), then you can iron it afterward and the stitches will hold it in place while you do so.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2010 06:49:12 PM »

I just wanted to say - It's not just you! hemming curved skirt pieces is always a pain to me, in part I think because some of it is bound to be on the bias, and as mentioned above, there is a little extra fullness you have to ease in as you go. My tip would be to keep your seam guage handy and use it often!
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2010 07:04:16 PM »

I think I'm going to have to learn some hand-hemming here. I really don't see how anyone does this on a skirt or dress by machine. I've been trying to avoid hand-sewing because I seem to have lost all of my needles and I've been eager to use my new presser feet, but by now I'm just ready to have this thing finished! Thanks for all the advice Smiley
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