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Date: 9/4/08 1:53 PM

I just made a jacket where I thought I'd finish the sleeve and bodice hems by handstitching them in place, as a visibly stitched hem won't look good on this particular jacket. I need a really clean look, and even a delicately handstitched hem is too visible for my tastes.

So I'm considering holding the hems in place with Steam A Seam. But I'm wondering if this will last after normal wear-and-tear. Anybody have any experience here? Thanks!

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Date: 9/4/08 2:48 PM

I've used steam a seam lite on knits quite frequently. No problems after several several washings. Key is to ensure a good pressing ... go as hot as the material will allow to get a secure bond.

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Date: 9/4/08 3:36 PM

I use fusible tape (I think the brands I have are HeatnBond and June Taylor) quite often also, and have had mixed results. I generally find that the tape holds up to wear, but not to washing. I'd say give it a shot; it isn't too difficult to do the hem this way, and if it starts to come loose later you can add the handstitching.

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Date: 9/4/08 5:59 PM

I've not had good long term success w/ the fusibles, but then again it depends on the wear of the garment, how you plan to launder it, etc. Like lizzi said, the worst that can happen is that it won't hold and you'll have to go to Plan B but you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Date: 9/4/08 10:13 PM

so far. I've done numerous hems and zippers with seam a steam (specifically that brand, not another similar product). Washed and dried and it's all good. The key is to do a really good job in setting it. Making sure you don't miss a spot. I usually use the light, even, to make it even less visible.

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Date: 9/4/08 10:29 PM

I regularly use steam a seam to hem items instead of stitching. It washes very well. The key is press it well for 15 seconds as per the package directions. I would not be confident that it would fuse well to fabric with alot of texture.

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Date: 9/4/08 10:39 PM

As long as I don't run things through the dryer, Steam a Seam holds up great.

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Date: 9/5/08 2:42 AM

a compromise I sometimes use is to fuse the hem, but catch stitch everywhere where there is a seam or dart which will help to concel the stitching from the rs.

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Date: 9/5/08 9:19 AM

"I've done numerous hems and zippers with seam a steam..."

zippers? Oh, I want to know how this is done...I'd love to use that method in some light blouses I have planned.

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Date: 9/20/08 9:33 PM

Sorry, I baste zippers in with steam a seam. I also use it to put zippers in muslins. ( I pull the zipper off when I'm finished so I can use it again.) I cut the stuff vertically down the middle to the size of the zipper and apply it to the zipper as far from the teeth as possible. Then center it on the opening and press. The problem with using it to put in a zipper without stitching is that you need to secure the seam allowance. You could put the zipper in with steam a seam and then hand stitch to finish. I use 1/2 inch wide scotch tape as a stitching guide for centered zippers. The combination of steam a seam basting and the tape guide result in a very easy, nicely finished zipper.

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