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Date: 8/1/11 1:17 PM

Most of my seams on this knit look okay--a big success for me! But, this hem on the wrapped piece of Jalie 2787 flips out when I'm wearing it. I've tried ironing it, but before long, it's flipped out again.
Is this a fabric problem? A stitching problem? How to I prevent this?

Edited--because my picture link won't show up. I'll keep trying.

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Date: 8/1/11 4:35 PM

Did you stitch with the right side facing up and the folded edge down?

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Date: 8/1/11 5:06 PM

I'd cut a deeper hem than this for added weight. I generally like a 1 1/4" deep hem for a knit. A double needle and loosening the top tension will also help you get a better looking hem.

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Date: 8/1/11 5:23 PM


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Date: 8/1/11 5:48 PM

Hang a knit garment 24 hours before hemming, reduce presser foot pressure if sm has that feature, interface hem with fusable knit ticot, then use a double needle.

For the hem already sewn...try using spray starch when ironing.

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Date: 8/1/11 6:13 PM

Ica, yes. I did. I thought the stretch stitch I was using looked better this way. How did you know?

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Date: 8/1/11 6:15 PM

Nancy--I like fat hems, too, but I'm not advanced enough yet to think ahead like that on new patterns. How far in do you stitch on a hem that wide?
I love the double-stitch look and I have a ball point double needle, but can't figure out how to avoid 'tunneling.' It's my next big issue to address because right now I'm just stitching twice and seldom have steady enough hands to get it looking exactly right.

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Date: 8/1/11 11:36 PM

I just made that top. It was really long so I turned up a deeper hem and used a twin needle. (I didn't use my serger and I don't have a coverstitch machine.)

Lynn Rowe taught (on a knit sewalong thread) to try out your stitches with different widths using scraps from your fabric until you come up with something that works well with your own machine and fabric.

I turned the hem under about 5/8" and set the presser foot so that the right edge touched the edge of the fabric. A twin needle is easy to use and it made the double stitches perfectly. I stitched slowly once around and that was it.

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Date: 8/2/11 0:20 AM

I think you need a longer stitch length -- all that extra thread crammed in there may be causing the rippling.

Did you say you were using the triple stretch stitch? That would be cramming a lot of thread in there too.

Try a simple narrow zigzag maybe. One of the Tilton sisters recommended using 505 spray adhesive to hold the hem in place for stitching.
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Date: 8/2/11 9:46 AM

I agree with Nancy that a deeper hem helps. I stabilize the hem with a strip of fusible tape (from Emma Seabrooke--SewKeysE--it's basically just 1.25" width fusible, but it's more convenient than cutting your own strips of fusible) then press up the depth of the hem. I serge off the raw edge. When I double needle from the right side, you can feel where the serging is and I run my presser foot along the edge of that as my guide.

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