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Posted on: 1/4/05 10:07 PM
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My SM has a lot of problems making a decent, non-wavy double needle hem. I finally resolved this by using Wooly Nylon in the bobbin (threading it through the tension area, not bypassing it). I placed torn strips of newspaper under the fabric, next to the feed dogs; then sewed with matching poly thread in the twin needles. Tear away the newspaper after sewing. If the fabric is fragile (like onionskin), it's better to soak the hem and gently tear away the wet newspaper.

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KHinson said... (9/23/11 8:52 AM) Reply
What an interesting idea. I wonder if tear away fusible would work.
Ruthie L said... (1/7/05 7:37 PM) Reply
I like this idea, it's obviously worth the effort!
sheree said... (1/5/05 9:25 PM) Reply
Great idea, Katharine!
SewVeryTall said... (1/5/05 0:45 AM) Reply
Tearing the newspaper away from the zigzag stitches on the back sounds like a whole lot of no fun...Katharine, can't you get water soluble stabilizer like Sulky Solvy?
 
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