This simple technique allows you to easily add weight to a narrow hem so it hangs straighter than it would if it were sewn with a rolled-hem presser foot. The added weight comes from six threads within 1⁄8 inch of the edge: three from the sewing machine and three from the bobbin.
1. Install a straight-stitch presser foot and throat plate on your sewing machine. This prevents lightweight fabrics from being pulled into the machine. Set your stitch length to 1.5mm. Use a 75/11 quilting needle and 100-percent-cotton thread.
2. Trim away excess fabric.Calculate the finished length of your garment. Add a 3⁄4-inch hem allowance, and trim.
3. Straight-stitch around the hem. With the fabric right-side up, stitch 5⁄8 inch from the raw edge, as shown.
4. Press the hem allowance to the wrong side. Turn the edge so the stitching falls on the hem-allowance side of the fold. Favor the stitching so the fabric…
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