Sewing Fake Fur: Hemming a Fake Fur Jacket
Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King continues with his step-by-step tutorial on sewing a luxurious fake fur jacket. In this chapter, he explains his method for hemming fake fur.
Finish the front facings at the hem
Start by folding the cut-on front facings to their final position, and mark where the inner edge falls along the jacket’s hemline. Apply cold tape along the hemline from the front foldline to the mark. With the fur knife or X-Acto blade, trim away the hem allowance from the mark to the front edge. This reduces bulk at the lower front corners. With right sides together, fold the facing back and pin. Be sure to align the facing and jacket lower edges. Then stitch this portion of the hem with a hinge seam.
Attach the hem allowance to the facing
At the front bottom edge, pin the hem allowance’s vertical edge to the facing’s inner edge. Pin, then sew this short seam with a hinge seam. Then turn the lower front corners right side out. Brush the pile out of the seam.
Complete the hem
Fold the hem allowance up and pin its bias strip to the wrong side of the fur. Do the same to the facing from the hemline up to the bottom of the pocket. With a large running stitch, hand-sew the hem and lower facing, about halfway along the width of the strip.
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