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Sewingmom8
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Date: 1/27/13 1:15 AM

Hello all! This is my first post. I am still learning with sewing. I can do just about anything but it doesn't always turn out the greatest! My question is how to get the bottom to not appear tight after hemming it? Maybe my tension is off? I have auto tension on my singer and I liked that idea because I don't really understand the tension thing. Even after ironing it is not right, ironing actually brings out the wrinkles in it. Any help will be appreciated! God Bless!
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Date: 1/27/13 7:09 AM

Hi,
What sort of hem are you doing and what stitch/foot are you using? I generally do a regular hem i.e. on the bottom of skirts or trousers etc by hand as I think it gives a much nicer finish. I use my hemmer foot for more delicate fabrics and smaller hems, and I use the hemming stitch with the regular foot on my machine for thicker fabrics.

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Date: 1/28/13 12:25 PM

Without knowing what kind of hem, or fabric youre using it's a little hard to tell. But I will say make sure you're not using too short a stitch, and press your hem up before you sew it.

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Date: 1/28/13 1:48 PM

If you have a half- or full-circle skirt, just sewing down the hem won't work very well. (There is less fabric to sew it down on because of the flare of the skirt.) Is that what you have?

Try an invisible hem stitch or hem by hand if that is the case.

But I also agree that you should press before sewing.

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