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Date: 8/21/13 6:09 PM

What is the best fusible tape to use for hems to be coverstitched? I haven't ever used any fusible stuff, but it seems like it would help, especially on those thin CRAWLY knits.
I know this has been discussed here before but I can't find it. Help? Thank you!
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Date: 8/21/13 6:19 PM

Fusible knit stay tape. I get mine from Emma Seabrook

I press up the hem allowance, then fold it back open and fuse the tape to the garment side--not the hem allowance. Re-fold the hem allowance and coverstitch from the front. Works beautifully!
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Date: 8/21/13 7:30 PM

Steam-a-seam. It comes in 1/4" and 1/2" widths and I use both. The nice thing about this product is that your hem can still stretch when done. Some of the other tapes make you lose the stretch. I use those tapes for stabilizing shoulders and things that I don't want to stretch out of shape
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Date: 8/21/13 8:02 PM

I do pretty much the same as Laurasews. But I should add that I like that Steam-A-Seam 2 is a double-sided fusible and holds the hem in place without pins while providing a little stabilization for coverstitching. I use Steam-A-Seam 2 Light in the 1/4 inch for most garments, because it basically disappears after serving its purpose.

I also like the Emma Seabrooke 1/2 inch tapes for stabilizing the backs of shoulders. I don't find it quite as good for coverstitching hems because it is a one-sided fusible and doesn't hold the hem in place while I'm stitching. But it comes in white, beige, and black, as well as in both bias (for stretch) and straight grain (for non-stretch).
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Date: 8/22/13 8:59 AM

I use WashAway Wonder Tape. It sticks on one side then you measure your hem, pin in place and peel off the paper on the other side and stick it in place. Coverstitch as normal, and it washes away. I have it with 2 labels, one by Dritz and one by Collins, both have an address in Spartanburg, SC. I use it all the time on every coverstitch hem. Truly a miracle. And you don't have to iron it down, reducing the chance your hem will stretch.

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