SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
Platinum Sponsor

Tips & Techniques > Narrow hem in knits

Viewed 5472 times
Posted by: Donna Likes Golf
Friend of PR

About Donna Likes Golf star
Member since: 11/29/05
Reviews written: 31
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 3 people
tips added: 2
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 11/23/09 5:09 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 18 people   
I recently sewed a full, fluid skirt in a poly lycra knit. When the pattern called for a narrow hem along the bottom of the skirt, I was not looking forward to it! I wanted to be sure I did not ruin the beautiful drape of the skirt and the fabric. Using a fusible or sew-in bias tape on a test scrap resulted in too much stiffness. So, I tossed the bias tape idea, set my sewing machine to a regular zig-zag stitch, adjusted the lower tension so the stitch wouldn't "tunnel", and sewed a scant 1/4-inch from the bottom of the skirt. I then pressed this stitching flat using a warm iron, and found this line of zig-zag stitching gave me just enough control of the fabric to be able to roll over a 1/4 inch hem (single fold), press it lightly, and stitch it down using the same zig-zag stitch. It worked great. The hem drapes beautifully, the zig-zag stitching accomodates the stretch of the fabric, and I didn't have to use any other notions but thread to make it work. Next time you have to sew a narrow hem on a knit, try this out. Test a scrap first to get the correct lower thread tension (and perhaps the stitch length and width - I used a 3 width and 4 length) to avoid tunneling the fabirc and remember to press lightly (knits can scorch!).

<< Previous    Next >>

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past

vintage sewing patterns

Reconstructing History

Reconstructing History
Web site

Elliott Berman Textiles

Fabrics for Greater Ideas

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

Login to Add a Comment
what is not taken said...
Great tip! Thanks.
11/24/09 10:00 AM
mssewcrazy said...
I think this is a really good tip especially if dealing with some weird color knit from the stash where you may only have one spool of thread that matches . I get in a panic when there is no thread to use the serger, coverstitch or a twin needle. Also some knits are difficult to hem like your skirt so this offers another choice that is available to everyone with a zigzag machine and one spool of thread. Thanks for the idea.
12/1/09 10:08 AM
JFranci97 said...
Thanks for the great tip! I did the first zig zag on the raw edge. Then I turned it under as normal but did a straight stitch on the wrong side while slightly stretching and the lycra kept its stretch and shape.
2/25/12 5:45 AM
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
Sewing Facings and Developing Facing Patterns
Sewing Facings and Developing Facing Patterns


10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro


Favorite Things Little Belle Skirts Pattern

Favorite Things Little Belle Skirts Pattern

Buy Now
TAILORED JACKET - A CD Book by Kenneth King

TAILORED JACKET - A CD Book by Kenneth King

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.