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Date: 4/28/12 6:52 PM

I made a skirt from polyester-it is very silky/satiny material.
The skirt has a flounce.

How am I to hem this??
It is from the pattern: New Look #6463 (view D)

http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/8721

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New Look pattern # 6463


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Subject: How to sew a hem on a silky skirt Date: 4/28/12 7:21 PM

I'm not sure what the instructions call for, but it seems to me you can just do a standard narrow hem, no? Just fold under about 5/8" and press and then fold that under itself so there's no exposed edge and then stitch all the way around.

If that's too difficult and you have a serger, you could also do a rolled hem or even a lettuce edging.

Maybe someone w/ more experience than me has another suggestion as well.

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Date: 4/28/12 7:23 PM

I agree, I'd do narrow hem

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Date: 4/28/12 7:35 PM

Reason I ask is because I just spent most of the afternoon ripping out the hem I did sew- the hem turned out all puckered.
It was a plain narrow hem.
I don't know how to hem the flounce without it being all puckered- what am I doing wrong?

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Date: 4/29/12 0:12 AM

How about a rolled hem? I love making this type of hem.

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Date: 4/29/12 7:32 AM

It's the fiber, not you. Polyester can't take a lot of heat, so pressing can be a p.i.t.a. I would do a rolled hem.

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Date: 4/29/12 9:58 AM

You could do a baby hem. Fold up the hem (at least half an inch if you can) and sew the first line of stitches very close to the fold. Trim the extra fabric right up to the stitches you've just sewn. Fold up the hem again to enclose the edge you've just trimmed and sew the tiniest of hems. A walking foot can also help prevent rippling, but you should be able to get good results just doing a baby hem.

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Date: 4/29/12 10:49 AM

Thank you all- is a rolled hem and a baby/narrow hem the same thing?

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Date: 4/29/12 10:55 AM

I've had good luck doing tricky rolled hems using fusible thread in the bobbin. Using the fusible thread bobbin and with right side of the hem up, sew a line 1/2" from the edge. Fold up 5/8" and press to fuse. Trim close to the sewing line so that the hem is a scant 1/4". Again, with the fusible bobbin and sewing with the right side up, sew close to the folded edge. Fold up the hem and press to fuse. Replace the fusible bobbin with regular sewing thread and sew the hem. This keeps things all in line while you sew and the extra lines of sewing even add a y bit of weight to your hem.

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Date: 4/29/12 11:25 AM

Hey Cakemix -- this is a quick and easy rolled hem technique

Hope this helps

EASY Rolled hem

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