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« on: April 24, 2004 06:20:38 PM »

I read somewhere about making lettuce edging but forgot to save it  Tongue---it's a technique that involves sewing the edge three times, using zig zag stitches of differing sizes each time...?  That's all I remember.  Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2004 09:05:06 AM »

I read somewhere that you can get this kind of edging on jersey (stretchy) fabric by stretching it out and zigzagging the edge.  Sorry I don't know any details - I imagine you'd need to use a really short stitch length so that it forces the edge to stay stretched when you release it
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2004 01:11:27 PM »

yep- just do the zig zag stitch, but turn the stitch length to 1. its slow going and usually you'll have to go over it 2 -4 times, but the end effect is soooooo cool! great for those ruffles on the edges of cap sleeves, hems......
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2004 01:45:00 PM »

Or you  could  simply use a Serger.
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2004 01:48:13 PM »

Yeah no serger here, i wish...
i figured ti out though with a little experimenting--go over it once with the biggest zig zag, no stretching, then twice withthe smallest zig zag stretching as much as possible.
its great for lazy ppl who dont like to hem knits...like me!
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2004 09:51:02 PM »

Thanks so much for posting this.  I just bought a DIY skirt on ebay that was reconstructed from an old tee shirt, and the lettuce hem is amazing.  She said she uses yards and yards of thread, but the effect makes all the time and effort worth it.  Now I know to try zig-zagging three times.  You probably have to keep the fabric stretched as you sew it.  I definitely want to try it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2004 01:32:07 PM »

also I thought to add that if you would like the edge to look more wavy raher than lil tiny waves, take fishing line into the stitching. the heavier the line, the less wave.
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