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Dear Ripper I need hemming help!

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A few weeks ago we introduced One Thimble’s Agony Aunt – Seam Ripper.  On the weekend she got in touch and let me know she had a question she wanted to answer on the blog.

So over to you Ripper …


 

Dear Ripper,

I HATE hemming!! It’s the thing I like least about sewing. Do you have any tips for how to make it easier and faster instead of pressing and pressing??

Louisa QLD


Dear Louisa,

I have a few tips, but I’m sorry to tell you, all involve some element of pressing. To me, pressing a garment well at each step is responsible for the difference between homemade and handmade.

Hemming Methods collage

My personal favourite method is to use my narrow hem foot/rolled hem foot on my sewing machine and press well after. This takes some getting used to but once you’ve got the idea about how to start and how to hold your fabric to feed it through you will never look back! There is a fabtastic video on the OT blog (link) to get you started.

My second favourite method is to overlock the edge and use the overlocking as a guide for pressing because the overlocking is 1/4″ evenly you’ll get a lovey, even hem. You’ll find that the edge stitch of the overlocking will help the fabric turn up as you press.

My third favourite would be my clover hot hemmer – it’s marked with grid lines to help you press the fabric evenly and of course you can iron over it!

If you’re making a special occasion garment you’re going to want to use a deeper hem and hemstitch.  A narrow hem lacks “weight” and can sometimes flip up while being worn and the stitching on a hemstitched hem will barely show on the right side of the garment.  You don’t have to hemstitch by hand though you can do it on your machine.  Check out this blog post (link) to get you started.

I hope this helps and I promise you, the little extra time it takes to press will be so worth the compliments you’ll get for your finished garment.

Happy sewing

SR


 

If you’ve got a sewing question that you’d like to see answered in One Thimble Issue 9 please email dearripper@onethimble.com.au

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