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Specialty Hems on Unusual Hemlines--Help Needed
Hanky and 'A' shaped Hems
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Date: 5/7/06 12:40 PM

I am just finishing a pair of one-seamed, wide hem pants (Wild Ginger Martha's Favorite) in a dark chocolate background, oriental inspired, fluid brocade fabric from JoAnns. I have a light-weight piece of acid green/yellow for the top I plan to make (Living Soft). I plan to embroider a spider mum on the back just below the neckline. The top is to have a hem that is an "A" shaped hem--long point at the sides and the top of the "A" at the center. I am at a loss as to how to hem this top. I can cut a center front and center back seam (as the fabric is quite ravelly, I do plan to do serger seams) but I am afraid that a center front seam will not look right. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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Date: 5/7/06 1:02 PM

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Date: 5/7/06 3:38 PM

I am worried about the hem because the top of the "A" is an inside corner with no excess fabric to turn under and hem. Even if I staystitch that notch, when I clip and hem, I will have nothing there but the staystitching to keep the top from tearing and ravelling.

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Date: 5/7/06 3:56 PM

You can make a narrow facing and apply that as your hem.

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Date: 5/7/06 11:53 PM

Debbie's solution is the one I came up with for the handkerchief-hem skirt I'm making. I hemmed the lining a bit less expertly: I zigzagged it, cutting a small notch at the inside corner (stopped the zigzag just before the corner), then rolled the stitching inside, and straight stitched it (I did taper the hem at the inside corner). The corner isn't as nice as it would be if I'd used a facing, but since it's the lining (and for DD, who is notoriously hard on clothes, so I doubt the skirt will hold up long anyway), I'm not too concerned about it. I'm thinking of making a facing for the one for me, and may try the tip from last month's Threads for sheers for the outer layers of DD's skirt (melt the edge instead of trying to hem it). Naturally, I have to go back to the store to check if there are any natural fibers in it first...

Good luck with your hem!

Edited to add: Thanks for asking this, by the way! I was going to ask myself, just to see if anyone had any special tricks for doing this. The pattern I'm using is a McCalls, and all they say is to "narrow hem". I'll be sure to note that in my review...
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Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!

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Date: 5/8/06 1:02 AM

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Date: 5/8/06 1:46 AM

Thank you all for the help. I don't want this outfit to look sloppy. I may try the facing, or bias facing, with a hand stitched hem. Even though I have embroidery thread the exact color of my top, I think a topstitched hem might be a bit sporty--what do you think?? I got the design for the machine embroidery at Carolyn's Designs. http://www.carolyndesigns.com/2index2.html

I think this outfit may be perfect for the symphony. I am in the process of slowly losing weight (30 min. walking every day, no more sugar!! lots of veggies and fruit, and Curves) and I don't know how long I can wear it. But what the heck, I need to feel good about myself right now. Never be 110 lbs again (I am 61) but I might be 120 or 125.

I have been lurking, and occasionally commenting for some time now. I may review the computer drafted patterns (with photo's of course). I have some other projects that I may also review. I just need some good photo's first.

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Date: 5/9/06 0:22 AM

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Date: 5/11/06 3:55 PM

Debbie,
After lost of testing on scrap fabric, I decided that I would follow your suggestion and cut a hem facing about 1-1/4 inches wide from the pattern to get the exact shape. My testing showed that it was easier and faster to apply the facing, press over 1/4 inch and then hem with a slip stitch. The hem looks great.
I tried rounding off the point, then clipping and rolling, which can be done, but then I had lost the design detail I was going for. This technique also seemed less sturdy.
Considering all my anxiety over thisyou would think I'd never sewn before.
Thanks to everyone.

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