Hem Homestretch…………..

Having completed the first 3 hems, here, I move on to #4….the lining to the satin layer. Now, at this point, I must point out the process for hemming these formalwear items: mark the finished/desired length with pins (my preference), fold just below pinned line (which adds approximately 1/8”) and stitch close to folded edge. Carefully cut away the excess fabric being careful not to snip beyond the stitching.IMG_6437   The above photo shows the excess being trimmed with my fave “duck-billed”/applique scissors. IMG_6435    If you’re not familiar with these, they allow you to snip away fabric while protecting the under layer. Words just can’t describe how well these complete this process!!!             Next step is to turn the edge, and stitch, to complete this very narrow finish.IMG_6438       Any DSM(domestic sewing machine) will work well for this part of the process, but my Juki 2010Q….with the single hole /straight stitch throat plate……makes this stitching even smoother. A quick touch of the iron and these types of hems are completed without the need of a rolled-hem machine foot! Now, all that remains are the last 2 3…….yes, 3! hems!!!! *sigh* It appears I  mis-counted by 1!!!! 2 layers of crinoline net and the final lining remain……..IMG_6439    Oh so close to the finish!!!! Then, on to the bodice, bustles and a couple of special requests by the bride.


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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12 Responses to Hem Homestretch…………..

  1. witchylin says:

    Looks great. I am hooked on those scissors. Must look out for them.

  2. kathyreeves says:

    I’m wanting to see how they hemmed the crinolines…I’ve actually never seen a hem there! A fortunate bride to have you doing this for her.

  3. This is amazing! What a lot of gorgeous work:)!

  4. Vicki in MN says:

    Kudos to you, no way would I ever do this!! Nice work;-)

    • treadlemusic says:

      It kinda falls into the category of “perverse pleasure”/challenge for me. No clue why. It’s a very putsy set of processes that the phrase “There must be a way…….” applies to!!! LOL!!!!

  5. Those scissors look like they’re worth their weight in gold.

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