Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review

Advanced Search
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Photo Album
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Painters' Tape Hem Stabilizer for Knits (Tip/Technique)
Viewed 5320 times
Review rated Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 9 people   
Posted by: NancyDaQ
About NancyDaQ star
Member since: 1/12/02
Reviews written: 69
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 12 people
tips added: 6
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 7/6/03 12:17 PM
Featured in the PR book!
Painters' tape is the blue masking tape used for painting your house. It is easier to remove than the traditional kind.

Like a lot of good tips, I made this discovery by accident. I was trying to hem a knit fabric with wide ribs and I couldn't get it to lay flat. I was concerned that the hem would look bunchy or stretched out instead of smooth. So taped the area to the immediate right of my stitching line and sewed the hem with a 4 mm straight stitch. Perfect! I tried this method on another t-shirt and again, it looked fine. The tape acts as a temporary stabilizer and gives an edge to guide your stitching (I don't sew through the tape, but just next to it).

Of course, you will want to test your fabric to make sure the tape won't mar it. To avoid problems, I recommend sewing right after applying the tape and removing the tape before you press the garment.
Merchants on PR
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Unique Sewing Patterns
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site

<< Previous Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

5 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
Everyday Sewist said...
What a great tip! I've been avoiding rib knits every since I had one stretch out of shape while I tried to sew it. I will try your technique next time.
7/7/03 10:21 AM
NancyDaQ said...
I forgot to mention, I also basted the seam allowance with the wide rib knit--Just in case. I didn't have to do this the second time, as it was a more well-behaved knit.
7/10/03 7:53 PM
Karina said...
I thought I was the only one who used masking tape to stabilize. I've been known to use it on both sides of the stitching line. Nothing stretches! Thanks for sharing.
7/21/03 8:14 PM
NancyDaQ said...
Since I wrote the comment I have also used it on some woven rayon. Blue painters tape is my new favorite notion. :-)
7/22/03 11:24 PM
adelaide original said...
This is just what I was looking for.
10/25/09 8:33 PM

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us