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Easy, Even Hems (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Heidi H
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Posted on: 3/1/07 5:12 PM
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I always seemed to have problems getting any hems straight. I found a neat little notion that is described at a Button Hole Spacer. I think I paid about $3 for it at Jo-Ann's.

When I'm ready to hem, I set this little slide on the ruler to the depth of the hem. Then I just go around using this and pin the fabric. I have also measured twice the depth and marked the fabric and then just sew by aligning the edge with the mark.

Super easy and straight hem.
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Kathy in NM said...
This is what I do also. It makes it easy to be sure your hem is even. I didn't know the ruler was called a Button Hole Spacer though!
3/1/07 10:29 PM
Mary Stiefer said...
This is also my technique. I love this little ruler.
3/1/07 11:51 PM
Barbara R said...
I have about 10 of these rulers and keep one on hand just about everywhere in my sewing room. I use mine constantly! And yes, it is a great tool for hemming.
3/2/07 0:53 AM
PoppyB said...
I agree that this is a good way to get the hem depth even. However, if the person wearing the garment doesn't 'hang' evenly (has uneven bumps and bulges, as many of us do), then the hem will hang unevenly. So, alas, manyof us still need 'from the floor' measuring first.
3/2/07 7:03 AM
Susan M said...
I use this tool all the time; for hems on pants, dresses and sleeves; measuring in on the neck line, making seam allowances anywhere I need to measure in smaller increments. Couldn't sew very well without it.
3/2/07 10:40 AM
Heidi H said...
Gee, I looked through all the tips and didn't see this so I thought I was coming up with a good idea LOL PoppyB, I guess I didn't think of that, I just sew for my daughter who right now is still a board with arms and legs...well some little bitty bumps.
3/2/07 11:33 AM
frame said...
I've never seen this called a button-hole spacer, but I have used it for that. I believe it's usually called a seam gauge and used for exactly what you are using it for. I've had the same one for 36 years.
3/2/07 1:58 PM
Patzee said...
Heidi -- no apologies! It's a good tip! Not eveyone who reads this will know about this clever use for this ruler. So -- thanks for the tip!
3/2/07 5:26 PM
Heidi H said...
Linscee, I thought the name was strange too but that is what it is called at Jo-Ann's
3/2/07 6:32 PM
squilts said...
do I feel dumb... I never thought about doubling the hem measure and just folding up to the line. I always try to fold over the gauge and press. I like your way better!!
3/6/07 3:03 PM
MarMar said...
I have use similar measures to have a straight hem and when completed the hem is straight however, if the person who is going to wear the garmet is a little more curvey that the hem will not be straight on the person.
3/8/07 3:27 PM

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