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Date: 12/15/08 12:48 PM

I searched the archives, but didn't find anything. I am making a dress for my daughter from pink pretty stretchy velour. It was a bit of a nightmare to sew it. I need to hem the skirt and sleeves, but can't figure out what to do. I tried narrow hem, looks awful. Would a double needle be OK or should I stay from any top-stitching on this and hem everything by hand? I have never hemmed any knit by hand and am not sure how to do it. Any advice from anybody who has worked with this crazy fabric is welcome.

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Date: 12/15/08 12:58 PM

I made velour bath robes for my kids a few years ago, I used a zig zag stitch for the hems.

A double needle should work too.

I serged the edges first.

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Subject: Whats the best way to hem velour? Date: 12/15/08 1:58 PM

TalyQ serge the hem first and after you can do ablindstich hem on your machine or by hand. For a little dress I would not do a 2 needles hem, it will not be nice.

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Date: 12/15/08 2:21 PM

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TalyQ serge the hem first and after you can do ablindstich hem on your machine or by hand. For a little dress I would not do a 2 needles hem, it will not be nice.

It's not a little dress, my daughter is 13 and taller than me. But I tried the double needle on a sample and it looks pretty bad. So I tried hand-stitching it. The problem is I do not have a serger and the edge keeps rolling in even after the blind hem. I must figure out something. I do have a "serger-like" stitch on another machine. Would that help maybe?

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Date: 12/15/08 2:56 PM

Have you considered sewing a lightweight tape or lace to the edge of the hem by machine, then sew this by hand or machine to the velour? It would be less bulky.

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Subject: Whats the best way to hem velour? Date: 12/15/08 3:08 PM

I second the idea of using hem tape.

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Date: 12/15/08 3:15 PM

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Have you considered sewing a lightweight tape or lace to the edge of the hem by machine, then sew this by hand or machine to the velour? It would be less bulky.

I think that's a great idea. I'll have to look and see if I can find something suitable. Thank you. I'll keep you posted.

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Date: 12/15/08 3:52 PM

Like any knit, it helps to fuse something to the hem like fusi-knit stabilizer. Then it will not get all wavy. And will be more stable for turning it up and sewing over it. Your velour is probably polyester and thick so the fusible interfacing will not be easy but very doable. Use a press cloth. Then when you turn it up and zig-zag(preferably with a walking foot as a regular machine foot will bunch it-you can try decreasing pressor foot presser if you only have a regular machine foot) it will not be wavy. You can search hemming knits instead of hemming velour(especially stretch velour) as the concepts are the same.

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Date: 12/20/08 1:47 AM

Well, I finished the dress and my daughter wore it to her concert last night. I didn't take any pictures yet (our camera broke!), but will soon post a review. I ended up zig-zaging the hem (helped it to lie flat a bit) and then used a blind-hemmer (for the first time in my life) on my machine. Crazy idea - to pick this crazy fabric for trying a new technique, but it worked pretty well. I missed the mark in a few places, but can fix it by hand. I did hem the sleeves by hand, because I didn't want to fiddle with them. All in all I am please with the hem and plan to use the blind-hem on my machine a lot more now on some other fabrics. It's so much faster than doing it by hand.

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Subject: Whats the best way to hem velour? Date: 12/20/08 6:51 AM

I'm glad it worked out well in the end. What I would have done is made sure I had at least a 1" hem allowance, preferably 1.5-2" on velour. Use a velva board and apply lightweight P/P fusible interfacing to the hem area, turn and topstitch with a single needle or double needle.

Either that, or blind hem it like you did, maybe do a serged rolled hem. It depends on the style if I want the hem to have more shape (interfacing) or just really drape-y.

Hem tape/stretch lace is always a good option too.

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