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NancyM
Posted 2012-01-16 6:02 PM (#79747)
Subject: Not stretching out of shape


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I'm trying the curved hem for a knit shirt. Since it drafts with a 5/8" allowance at the bottom, and is curved, I assume it's meant to be narrow-hemmed. How can I keep the knit fabric (which has OK but not great recovery) from stretching out of shape as I stitch it? On first attempt I stay-stitched on the fold line (finished edge) but that didn't help. Have ripped out and rinsed bottom of shirt in warm water and hung to dry, and am now ready to try again. Any suggestions? Given that the hem has to be folded twice, it isn't wide enough for double-stick fusible, which is what I normally use to stabilize knit hems before stitching.

Thanks for any advice.

Nancy
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2012-01-16 6:13 PM (#79748 - in reply to #79747)
Subject: RE: Not stretching out of shape



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I would only fold once and press in place.  Trim to 3/8.  I find if I press lifting the iron up and now, it will then sew nicely.
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Tailor
Posted 2012-01-16 8:27 PM (#79752 - in reply to #79747)
Subject: RE: Not stretching out of shape


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steam-a-seam (lite). You can cut it to the width you want, press it to the edge, remove the paper, fold up (once) and press before stitching.

Gayle
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Belinda
Posted 2012-01-16 11:56 PM (#79757 - in reply to #79747)
Subject: RE: Not stretching out of shape



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When I sew a curved hem in a knit I prefer to only fold the hem once and coverstitch in place. Like you would on any knit. If you don't have a coverstitch machine then use a twin needle. While you can sew a double fold, narrow hem, be aware it will tend to wave and curl. It can't be tamed like a woven fabric. It's best to use techniques suited to a knit fabric.

I also prefer a wider hem as it sits better in a knit. To coax it around the tighter curves, overlock the cut edge then pull up the needle thread and steam the hem in place before stitching. HTH

Edited by Belinda 2012-01-17 12:00 AM
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SueC56
Posted 2012-01-17 8:43 AM (#79772 - in reply to #79757)
Subject: RE: Not stretching out of shape



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That sounds like a great technique, Belinda.
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NancyM
Posted 2012-01-17 11:50 AM (#79783 - in reply to #79747)
Subject: RE: Not stretching out of shape


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Thanks, all! One fold it definitely is, and that will make it easy to use the adhesive!

Nancy
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ambro0
Posted 2012-01-17 2:13 PM (#79785 - in reply to #79757)
Subject: RE: Not stretching out of shape



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 Thanks for sharing this Belinda - it sounds like the perfect solution to dealing with turning under on the curved hem!

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