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Posted on: 1/5/10 2:46 AM
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When making a top on the bias grain hang overnight to let it "drop" and you will have an uneven hem to deal with and quite likely a fine fabric too!
Put a dark top on underneath the bias garment to be hemmed. You can usually see the bottom of garment hem and use it as a straight guide for the new garment. Careful that if you're useing a stretch top underneath that the hemline is straight on your body.

You can either mark the exact hemline and then if you want the top longer measure down from that when you've taken your bias garment off or measure down from the underneath hemline whilst the garment is on the body. I have found that I get a straight hem every time! So easy.

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1961 said... (2/10/10 11:01 AM) Reply
Thanks for an innovative idea. I will have to try it!
Jane S said... (1/6/10 8:53 PM) Reply
Wow, what a clever idea. I have one ready to hem and you made that job so much easier.
Woolygal said... (1/6/10 9:30 AM) Reply
Great idea. Thanks.
fourkid said... (1/6/10 8:03 AM) Reply
Very good tip.
arianamaniacs said... (1/6/10 7:13 AM) Reply
great tip, thanks!
iSewQuiltArt said... (1/6/10 4:40 AM) Reply
Total genius! I would imagine this trick might work for skirts too?
Winifred said... (1/5/10 5:17 PM) Reply
Very good idea - thanks for that !
Laurie Lou said... (1/5/10 3:54 PM) Reply
I get the idea and like the concept. Very good idea...this would work for wovens too.
Mufffet said... (1/5/10 1:09 PM) Reply
Thanks for a clever tip!
 
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