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Help with hemming a slippery knit
lasaire
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Date: 6/11/12 9:39 PM

Help! I made a maxi skirt with a lycra jersey and am having a hard time hemming it. It's not quite a swim suit fabric but it does have a distinct right and wrong side, with a sheen to the right side of the fabric.

I had no problem with the seams themselves, but now that I've marked and flipped the hem under, it slides like it's been greased. The feed dogs just won't grip it at all - it's too slippery on the right side and it slides around at the slightest provocation. I've got one wacky looking hem and I hate messy hems.

Anyone faced this issue before? How did you solve it?

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Date: 6/11/12 10:24 PM

Oh my, like it or not, I'd do a hand stitch, (if you don't have an actual blind stitch machine) Just keep it loose, in case the fabric should get stretched. That way the thread won't break. For all the time you could spend trying to get the right stitch on your machine, you could have the hem done by hand.

And tearing out wonky hems in knits usually ends up causing holes too. Just not worth it!!

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Date: 6/11/12 10:41 PM

Press the hem first, then baste. Then sew the hem.
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Date: 6/11/12 10:47 PM

You could also use a bit of fabric adhesive prior to sewing, either the tape, or the spray kind. Don't spray near your machine, it makes it sticky.

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Date: 6/11/12 11:19 PM

Washable glue stick! Glue up the hem and let it dry before going to the machine. Use strips of washaway stabilizer or paper between the fabric and the feed dogs so it doesn't slide around.

The glue stick can be the cheapest you can get as long as it's washable!

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Date: 6/12/12 0:33 AM

You could also try hemming web (save-a-stitch, stitch witchery?) - I've had success with that on some ornery knits BUT beware there have been two knits it just would not stick.

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Date: 6/12/12 1:12 AM

I just bought some of that double-sided wash away tape called Wonder Tape. Use that to make it stick and then either hand sew it or use a piece of stabilizer under it on the machine. Then wash and TA DA!!

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Date: 6/18/12 6:24 PM

I was recently struggling with a narrow hem at the bottom of a difficult knit. What I finally ended up doing was using clear elastic. Figured if it worked for necklines, side seams, etc. why not the hem. Turned out very nice. My only concern had been the weight pulling on the hem, but at least in this case it wasn't a problem. Since I don't have a serger I just used a zig zag to apply the clear elastic.

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Date: 6/18/12 7:24 PM

This is what I love about sewing...all the ingenious ways we can come up with to solve problems.

Actually, the weight on the hem can be a very good thing. If it is not too heavy, it can serve to make the skirt fabric drape better and appear more graceful than it might without the weight.

Good on ya! OhSewSlowly.

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