|Does anyone else find it hard to turn up a consistent hem? I find I do better if I mark the allowance.
It's one thing to take one of my quilting rulers and mark the allowance (in 1/4 increments) with chalk on a straight hem. I can do it on a curved hem, but it takes much longer. If the hem allowance is in 1/8 inch increments, I have one very small ruler that will work, but it takes forever. I have every notion avaible for doing this, but nothing worked well for me.
Then I had a blinding flash of the obvious. My stitch plate on my sewing machine is marked in 1/8 inch increments. I could get a consistent allowance by running a line of basting (ie longest stitch available) at the allowance. It's still faster to use a ruler and chalk on a straight hem, but on any thing curved, this method is faster.
Further, when you go to press the hem allowance before stitching, the loose basting stitches will stick out a bit if they are right at the edge of the turned up fabric. When you are done hemming, pull out the basting stitches.