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Katedejong
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Date: 5/11/14 5:08 PM

Does anybody use skirt hem maker, one from Dritz? How does it work? I make my own dresses and I think it would be helpful to use skirt men maker. Please share your experience

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Date: 5/11/14 6:28 PM

Are you asking about the metal (aluminum?) one for pressing? I tried it once and haven't used it again. It gets hot from the iron's heat and I didn't like playing "hot potato" to handle it. A strip of Manila file folder works just as well and doesn't get as hot, nor hold the heat.

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Date: 5/11/14 7:53 PM

I have one of the chalk skirt hem markers, if that is what you are asking about. I have the deluxe marker, the one with the three legged stand that you squeeze a little bulb and it blows a line of chalk where you want the hem.

Dritz chalk skirt hem marker

I've used it once. It kept tipping over and didn't work well for the back of the skirt where I had to keep bending over to squeeze the bulb as the tube going from the bulb to the device is too short. I am only 5' 5" and was wearing flats. I think it would be very difficult for someone to use who is tall and/or wearing heels.

It is also hard to see the line of chalk unless it is pressed right against the fabric when you squeeze the bulb. The skirt I was hemming was longer so I couldn't feel the marker pressing against the fabric.


I think it *might* work if someone else is squeezing the bulb to make the chalk marks while you turn in the dress or skirt. They wouldn't need to worry about pins and you could have everything set up so they could just reposition the marker to touch the fabric and squeeze the bulb. But it does not work well for marking a skirt hem by yourself.
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Date: 5/11/14 8:54 PM

I have one and use it all the time. It is invaluable for marking your own hems, as well as for others. You do have to be close to the marker, but you learn to position it. It is invaluable for pleats and circle skirts. I even had to make a repair on mine with Sugru (great stuff).

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Date: 5/11/14 9:41 PM

I am asking the one you use with chalk powder What is metal one?
What should I google to see pictures?

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Date: 5/11/14 10:00 PM

My mom had one by Singer with the chalk powder and we used it all the time. We loved it. It had a weighted flat base, not a tripod, and a long-enough tube to use it standing up straight. It was the perfect solution to the question of marking a hem without anyone else around to help. It does require you to develop skill in its use, like most sewing skills (probably why they call it a skill). Mom's finally cracked in too many places to keep it going. We have not been able to find as good a one as the old one, we don't like the metal ones, you absolutely must have two people to use it. If yours has a too-short tube, try lengthening it or replacing it with aquarium tubing.
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Date: 5/12/14 1:13 AM

I think she was referring to a hem gauge, an aluminum measuring device for turning up hem. It has a straight edge and a gently curved edge. Mine doesn't say Dritz on it, but they may have bought the license to sell it.

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Date: 5/12/14 8:02 AM

Quote: Katedejong
I am asking the one you use with chalk powder What is metal one?

What should I google to see pictures?

The powder is a marker. The metal one helps you make the hem by pressing it up, after it is marking. The missing 'r' is the source of confusion here.
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