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rebecnik
« on: May 24, 2012 09:53:48 AM »

Years ago, I bought a really cute top. But when I took it home, I realized it had ruched shoulders, which I really hate. It also had elastic around the ends of the sleeves, which bothered me even more. So I cut the elastic out and re-sewed it. But because it's knit, the re-sewn edges are sort of wavy. That combined with the ruching looks awful to me. What can I do? Should I cut the shoulder seam, cut some width from the sleeve, and re-sew the shoulder? Should I sew a discreet pleat to hide the waviness? Should I cut the sleeve off altogether? The most difficult part in all this for me is that it's knit. I'm pretty new to sewing. Please let me know if I need to explain this again- I know it's probably super confusing.
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012 03:58:52 PM »

Posting a picture might help.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012 01:20:36 PM »

How true! (Thanks to my boyfriend for holding the top.)





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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2012 09:53:52 AM »

There should be a knob or screw on top of your sewing machine that controls the presser foot pressure (consult your manual to figure out which one).  If you lessen the pressure (usually unscrewing the screw or releasing the knob), it should help with making the hemmed edge of stretch fabrics less wavy.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012 05:57:51 AM »

But because it's knit, the re-sewn edges are sort of wavy.
I've had success with flattening out resewn hems (at the bottom of t-shirts) with some knits by pressing & using lots of steam. The first couple of washes I had to redo the steam pressing but after that the waviness seemed to stay away.
HTH
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rebecnik
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2012 04:22:22 PM »

There should be a knob or screw on top of your sewing machine that controls the presser foot pressure (consult your manual to figure out which one).  If you lessen the pressure (usually unscrewing the screw or releasing the knob), it should help with making the hemmed edge of stretch fabrics less wavy.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this tip! I've been wondering how to get rid of that effect.
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rebecnik
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2012 04:25:26 PM »

But because it's knit, the re-sewn edges are sort of wavy.
I've had success with flattening out resewn hems (at the bottom of t-shirts) with some knits by pressing & using lots of steam. The first couple of washes I had to redo the steam pressing but after that the waviness seemed to stay away.
HTH


I'll give that a shot! Thanks!
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tightsandtea
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2012 05:51:33 PM »

There should be a knob or screw on top of your sewing machine that controls the presser foot pressure (consult your manual to figure out which one).  If you lessen the pressure (usually unscrewing the screw or releasing the knob), it should help with making the hemmed edge of stretch fabrics less wavy.

thank you so much! I had no idea that existed lol.
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