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Topic: hand sewing a hem for a grade = CATASTROPHIC!  (Read 819 times)
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« on: December 22, 2006 12:27:54 PM »

so.  here's the situation.

i'm taking clothing construction for my elective in school, and i'm making a black pencil skirt.  i'm SO close to being done - today i sewed on the hem tape and folded it under and pinned it, so all that's left to do is to handsew it there.  my teacher showed me a few of the stitches and then let me take it home to wear for christmas... but the problem is that i can't figure out the stitch now!!

it had something to do with locking the thread, and she said you use your thumb to pull the thread over at like a 90 degree angle (or something...) sorry i'm not descriptive!  i neeeed to get this thing done and i'm soo stuck... pleeease help!!!  if anyone can even describe using pictures that would be AMAZING !!!  once i finish i'm going to post pics under "completed projects" so keep an eye out if you can help me!! thanks sooo much!!!
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2006 09:56:20 PM »

No pics from me - sorry.
But from what you've said - google for "blanket stitch".
(It might have another name but I can't think of it right now.)

[EDITED: buttonhole stitch is the other name.]

And that might not be what you mean at all.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2006 10:05:37 PM by Jane2 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2006 07:25:02 AM »

Is it a blind hem?  When I've done that before, I just basically did a slipstitch, but you might be thinking of something else.  Here's a website with illustrations of a few stitches:


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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2006 12:29:17 AM »

There are several types of stitches that can be used.  I hope you found yours in the above post.  It is just a matter of the type of stitch the teacher prefers so it is hard to help you in this case.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2006 12:49:11 AM »

paroper is correct, it really depends on what your teacher prefers.  From your description of locking and 90 degree angle it sounds like it could be a blind catch stitch or a variation of slip stitch.

The link below is a pdf format and has some great pictures and explanations.  Page 4 has the blind catch stitch and page 7 has a slip stitch.

I tried to draw out the variation of the slip stitch that I use quite often for hems but I'm at about a kindergarten level when it comes to drawing pictures.

Working from right to left insert the needle from the underside at 1 on the hem allowance making a vertical stitch.  Place a small horizontal stitch catching a single thread from the skirt fabric at 2.  Loop the thread around (holding the stitch in place with your thumb to insure you dont pull the thread too tight) and come back under the stitch from point 1.  Then place another stitch with the thread being hid under the hem allowance and come up at 3, repeat the process as before.

I hope this helps rather than adding to your confusion.  This stitch locks the thread slightly.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. ~Benjamin Franklin
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