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Date: 4/23/13 9:30 PM

Hi there

I'm putting together my first piece of "real" sewing; vouge 8835 skirt. Very exciting, and all going well (I'm getting loads of seam ripping experience) but I'm up to the step "add a narrow hem".

I don't have a dress form, and I've had a few mess ups on fleece pants where I tried to measures each leg against the other, and missed entirely.

So I'm wondering, how do I get an even hem?

Thanking you all in advance!

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Date: 4/23/13 9:35 PM

Method 1: pick a measurement, and measure down from the hem the same length all the way around. Mixed results.
Method 2 that I love the idea of but haven't used: chalk up a piece of string and tie it across a doorway. Stand against it while wearing your skirt and turn slowly to chalk up a mark on your skirt.
Method 3: get a trustworthy friend to pin it up for you.

I rarely actually use my dress form to choose a hem length tbh. Laziness, probably :P

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Date: 4/23/13 10:03 PM

Thank you so much!

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Date: 4/23/13 10:37 PM

The majority of the time I do my hemming without any help. It's a bit of trial. I put on the garment and pin up the hem. I take it off and smooth out the hemline and repin. I try it on again to double check. If everything is ok, I trim off the excess and sew the hem.

BTW I think fleece capris and fleece shorts are a great look. :)

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Date: 4/24/13 7:10 AM

I do as NhiHuynh..try garment on with shoes I will wear..pin up a hem..take garment off..measure hem and repin..try garment on again and decide if it is what I want.Adjust if needed
I have not yet seen fleece shorts! Velour, yes. Fleece, no. I imagine they are comfortable.

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Date: 4/24/13 7:27 AM

Thank you so much for your suggestions - it's so helpful to be able to ask questions! I love this site: I'm amazed how much information is here.

Well. Now I have to figure out the zipper . I.Will.Get.There.


(and NhiHuynh; I find the fleece 7/8ths are doing pretty well tucked into long socks!)

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Date: 4/24/13 9:21 AM

I have a skirt marker. It is a ruler on a stand that is fitted with a small container of chalk and a squeeze bulb that puffs the chalk powder on the hem. One is freestanding, and I have another that is attached to my dressform.
Always measure your hem from the floor......never from the waist as we are not flat (in most cases) so the hem will appear uneven when it is on you even though it looks good on the hanger. Think of the lady in the store pushing the grocery cart with the back hem of her dress up and the front almost to the floor. That is extreme, but you get the idea, I hope.

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Date: 4/24/13 2:35 PM

All these suggestions are about how to measure/locate your hem. However, I noticed your original question was about the instructions to "add a narrow hem".

A narrow hem is just that - narrow. Generally you fold up 1/4" (twice) and press - or some will fold up a scant 1/2", press and then fold the edge inside. And then sew as close to the edge as you can.

The sewing feet (on regular sewing machines, not sergers) for a "rolled hem" actually produce a narrow hem.

And to do this, after you've marked where the hem should be, you will need to trim the fabric. Give yourself an extra 1/2" (or 5/8" if you aren't as good at folding over just 1/4"). Then you can fold on the line you made when you measured your hem.

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Date: 4/24/13 3:39 PM

Jael, that's a great look. I must try it with my long slung pants that have crept up to my natural waist as I've gained more fluff.

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Date: 8/8/13 4:59 PM

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Always measure your hem from the floor

Thank you Pamela R.!

I cannot hem anything no matter how careful, slow, attentive, or determined I am.

I have two skirts right now that are hanging on my 'to do' hook because no matter what I tried I couldn't get the hem correct. I get close but not correct.

I also have tops that I've hemmed and wear around the house only, because of the hem - which no one would probably noticed if I wore them out but I know the hem is off.

I have always measured my hems from the waist or shoulder and never even thought of measuring from the floor until I read your post.

I have one skirt done and it came out nice and neat and I now have my weekend planned!

Thank you so much for sharing your hemming tip.

I cannot physically get on the floor and I cannot bend very well on certain days so I had my son help me.

I'm also having a little luck with hemming using the edge of a table. I put my skirt four or five inches away from the edge and measure from the table edge. It takes a little more work to make sure the skirt is lying correctly - like it would if I was wearing it - but it looks like it may work.
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