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Lettuce hem on slinky?
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Amanda L
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Date: 5/25/03 8:39 AM

Who better to ask this question of than the queen of all things slinky and lettucy?!  Gigi, I blew it.  I cut out a very pretty top with a slinky remnant, but if I do a regular hem both the sleeves and body will be too short.  I experimented a little with scraps to see if I could achieve a nice edge trim, but couldn't seem to get it right.  Can this top be saved?

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Date: 5/25/03 10:16 AM

Amanda, have you tried turning up a narrow (1/4"?) hem, then zigzagging it right along the fold of the fabric, stretching as you zigzag?  This works on some fabrics....and it might on slinky, too. Or do you have a fabric that matches or coordinates?  You could cut bias strips and do a Hong Kong -type bias finish.  Yes, I'm SURE something can save this top....

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Date: 5/25/03 11:45 AM

Amanda,  another option is to cut a 2.5" strip of fabric (it could be from the slinky or a coordinating fabric) the length of your hemlines (plus seam allowance) and then fold it in half (wrong sides together).  Sew it to the front of the hem with a 1/4 SA and flip down and press down (right sides together).   You might want to topstitch at that point to keep it down. I have had this treatment on a couple of my RTW tops.  In both cases the strip was from a woven while the rest of the top was from a knit.  I think this might be a good way to finish difficult knits.  It's similar sewing a cowl neck on a shirt.  No troublesome hemming to deal with.

Gigi, as far as lettucing, any hints doing this with a sewing machine on lightweight silks (chiffon, charmeuse and crepe).

I have been a cutting machine this weekend with about a dozen nightshirts and half-slips.  I thought I would use the opportunity to practice different types of treatments (lettuce edge, rolled hem, lace edges, etc).

~Alice

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Date: 5/25/03 12:29 PM

Hey Karla, too bad I didn't think of that bias binding idea before throwing away the scraps, huh?  Then again, a contrast binding might be cool, only the top is a weird burnt orange so I'd have to play with the colors.  Alice, I am intrigued by the idea of adding a woven hem.  What a great idea, whether for this or for another project!  I am also considering making 3/4 sleeves and a bitsy hem on the body, as Karla says.  You know the worst thing?  The top is absolutely perfect the way it is right now.  I am tempted to wear it without any hemming.  It wouldn't be the first time!

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Date: 5/25/03 12:32 PM

BTW guys, in case you haven't tried it, the LH cowl top kicks hiney in slinky (let's see if I outsmarted parental controls).

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Date: 5/25/03 7:16 PM

Mudcat, lettuce edging on lightweight silks. You must stretch  the fabric as much as possible,while stitching the edge with a satin stitch( W.2 L.1) or use a zigzagstitch (W.2 L.2) Try this out on a piece so you can switch to a different widht or lenght until you are satisfied  with the result.You also can wire the edge with a fishing tackle line.Lay the line under your edge and make your lettuce edge as describes above,or fold a very small seam and lay your wire in the fold and sew your satin or zigzag stitch.

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Date: 5/26/03 8:51 AM

Just an idea, but what about cutting the top all the way around the waist and adding a lace insert?  Probably not the best with slinky, I guess. ???

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Date: 5/26/03 11:52 AM

Amanda
is this what your talking about ?
Slinky with lettuce edges.
Dunno know how she does it. but it looks like it can be done.
hth.
???

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Date: 5/26/03 3:04 PM

Maria, that seems to be IT!  Thanks for finding such a great example.  When I took how-to-use-your-serger classes, lettuce edging seemed to be something to use for little girls' clothing.  It looks like a fun, flirty finish for grown-ups' summer clothes!

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Date: 5/26/03 3:29 PM

Maria, that's it!  Now, to only figure out what setting will create that effect.   None of my samples came out looking too hot.  I am loving the contrast thread, too.  Thanks for posting this.

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