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Posted on: 9/24/09 2:59 PM
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I mark a pin line on the garment where the hem should fall. If you pin the excess up, pin along what will be the bottom edge. Press hem 1/4" longer than the pin line. Stitch very close to the press line, about 1/8". Cut very close to stitching. It will fold over very easily so you can stitch the rolled hem down.
This works well with chiffon, charmeuse, satin, and taffeta. I find it easier than wrangling with the rolled hem foot and less likely to "miss" spots.
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Joccy said... (11/9/09 1:16 AM) Reply
Thank you - I am about to try it, sounds good.
Thedabbler said... (10/25/09 9:59 PM) Reply
Excellent tip! I will have to try it some time soon so I don't forget it. Thanks.
skae said... (10/10/09 9:32 PM) Reply
I also do alterations. When I do a formal that takes a narrow hem thats what I do. Great tip.
Mufffet said... (9/24/09 3:37 PM) Reply
This is very nice. I hate those hemmer feet - well, let's face it - they hate me, so this is good to know!
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