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Posted on:12/25/02 0:09 AM
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Sherril Miller said... (12/26/02 3:23 PM) Reply
Maria, those rib knits just don't want to be sewn across the ribs! If you ever decide to sew a rib knit again (I refuse to use this fabric for this reason), try this. Use a walking foot to evenly feed the fabric from the top and botton. As others suggested use an iron-on knit interfacing like fusi-knit and apply it in a strip along the part you are going to turn up for the hem. Walmart sells it, and it is easy to cut with a rotary blade and plastic ruler. Make your hem no less than 3/4" wide. Use a fairly long stitch, mabe 3-3.5 so you don't have a lot of thread spreading those ribs. Please don't blame your skills, it was definitely your fabric. Also, it sounds like you need to shorten this top above the bustline and at the sleeve cap. When I started making this alteration, I knew successful pattern fitting for the very first time. Good luck.
Holly said... (12/26/02 12:52 PM) Reply
Maria, remember to revel in what you did well, for instance your first neckband. It looks like you got some great advice for managing those hems. You'll be cranking these tops out before you know it.
NancyDaQ said... (12/25/02 10:15 PM) Reply
Maria, don't be hard on yourself. Hems on knits can be a challenge.
Everyday Sewist said... (12/25/02 9:52 PM) Reply
I use fusi-knit interfacing on knit hems (except sleeves--it's too heavy for most sleeves IMO.) I love the look. It adds weight, prevents "bubbles" in the hem, and reduces the slipping around too. I've never tried it on ribbed fabrics, though. But if you want to try this, here's how I do it: Cut a strip of interfacing the width of the hem, stitch it to bottom shirt edge (use 1/4" SA), fold up the hem & press, then top-stitch.
Rhonda Noah said... (12/25/02 2:05 PM) Reply
Maria, it sounds as if you were sewing a very shallow or narrow hem, so that your fabric was only being caught by one feed dog? That might be your problem with the pulling creating a crooked hem. You could try a deeper hem which is just deep enough to cover both feed dogs. Also, you don't say if you used anything to stabilize the hem. If you use Steam A Seam tape, or the water soluble tape or even knit interfacing in your hem, those techniques would help with the pulling as well. Hope you have better luck with your next one as it sounds like you really liked the pattern otherwise.
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