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Hem Interfacing: Old School and New School Techniques

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Adding hem interfacing to your garments stabilizes the hem areas, helps the garments hang properly, and adds to their longevity. If you take the time make your own clothes and choose good-quality fabrics, you want them to last. And, while there’s no pressure to sew everything perfectly, learning to finish and press well are key elements to getting superb results.

Traditional and modern hem interfacings

There are a couple methods to choose from when interfacing the hems of me-made garments. I like to refer to them as “old school” and “new school” techniques.

Old school methods are time-honored tailoring techniques. They involve the use of bias-cut hair canvas or wigan (manufactured and on a roll). Silk organza, muslin, organdy, and other similar fabrics may be used, too, depending on the weight of fabric to which they’re applied. These types of interfacings are hand-sewn onto the hem areas of jacket…

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