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tips for narrow hems on v shaped bottom edges
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Date: 3/1/14 12:29 PM

Looking for a foolproof way to get professional hems on garments with v shaped bottom edges. My thinner fabric wants to bunch or twist at the points and the heavier fabric doesn't lay flat.

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Date: 3/1/14 4:21 PM

Would a mitered point work for you? Here's a video of the same thing.

Or are you referring to a pointed hemline with a sewn-on facing? About 2/3 of the way down this page, the author shows how to do a faced hem on a vest with points at the bottom.

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Date: 3/2/14 7:19 AM

Mitered point works well on lighter weight fabric. Haven't tried it with something heavier than a heavy cotton.

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Date: 3/2/14 8:41 AM

If I do that, I don't just fold the fabric, iron and pin it and try to sew over it, on the point or "V part of it. Instead, I fold it, iron it, pin it, and then I really do, take a hand sewing needle and matching thread and actually sew (slip stitch that point area down first by hand, and any fold or meter I might have it, but most times I don't really bother to meter it. Then I also knot up some other separate piece of thread on the hand needle, and fasten that down to that point, and just leave it hanging off of there.

The reason I do that, (other than it just working better for me that way) is that everything right there really is then already fastened down good, and smooth and just as I want it, it can't move or bunch up at all later and it's much more easy to control and ease in by hand perfectly, and my hand slip stitching for those maybe 2 or 3 inches can just stay in it forever, and that extra "waste" thread tail hanging off the point of it, when I machine sew up to that point, then leave my sewing machine needle down and pivot, at the point, gives me something to hold onto, and also with some tension on it, when I start to sew up the other side of it. Later I do cut that little waste tail of thread off though, that I had there as just something to hold onto (kind of like a handle) at the point while sewing over it there.

You could try that and see how you like that. You might like that way too.

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