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Date: 11/15/12 9:07 PM

Hi All.
I'm not exactly a beginner, but I feel like one right now! I am hemming spandex pants for a neighbor. I have trimmed them up, serged the edges, turned them up and pinned in place.
On my conventional machine, I have a stretch double-needle, and tried hemming one leg. It's awful! Wobbly and totally uneven. Should I be using a different stitch than a straight stitch? What am I doing wrong?

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Date: 11/16/12 9:22 AM

Zig zag stitch will allow the pants to stretch. You didn't say whether they were leggings, but if yes, the ankle part needs to stretch to allow the foot to pass through. The wavy seam is because the presser foot is stretching out the fabric as the seam is sewn, and it bounces back to the wave. Try decreasing the pressure on the presser foot. If you don't have one, consider purchasing a walking foot (like the feed dog for the top of the fabric), which will help a lot.

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Date: 11/16/12 10:01 AM

Helpful advice, thank you! They're not leggings, just ankle-length pants. I don't have a presser-food pressure adjuster on my new machine (the only thing I miss about the old one!).
I am using a stretch-twin needle. Do you think this is a good idea? The original (industrial) hem is a three-needle straight stitch.
I also got the advice to stretch while I sew. Do you think that's sound?

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Date: 11/16/12 10:24 AM

Take some scraps and do a few practice runs to see what works best.

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Date: 11/16/12 11:01 AM

I wouldn't stretch it. I would use a single needle and a very small zigzag with the regular stitch length. If you have a teflon foot, that might help. If you don't need it to stretch, you could put a stabilizer on the seam line, or use Steam-a-Seam Lite.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:22 PM

Do you have a walking foot for your machine you could try? This is an option I have used, along with a twin needle, and had success with.
Good Luck!

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Date: 11/16/12 12:31 PM

Try putting masking or scotch tape right next to your stitch line. It will keep the fabric from stretching out whilst sewing, and avoid the wavy-ness. Use a slight zig-zag, not straight stitch, so that it can stretch *after* sewing!

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Date: 11/16/12 2:01 PM

I went out and got a walking foot. It made it alllllll betterrrrr. Thanks so much for your help everyone!

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Date: 11/17/12 10:09 AM

Walking foot =

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