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Hem for heavy knits

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Guurtje | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I sew a vest of heavy knit material, but how do I get a proper hem?

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  1. Palady | | #1

    MO, only finish the edge.  If you feel a hem is necessary, consider a false one.  At one time there was 2" wide hem facing available.  I have some in my stash.  Uncertain if it's for sale now.

    If you have a stash, you could go through it and find a suitable fabric and cut a strip to your choice of width.  After sewing the false piece, understich it before you turn it up.

    Perhaps other members have thoughts for you.

    nepa

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      Guurtje | | #3

      I have been experimenting quite a bit, but never thought of false hem. A light weight knit in matching colors does it. Your advise to understich was very useful. Thanks very much for your advise.

      1. Palady | | #5

        You're very welcome.

        I came to do "false hems" when it was necessary to make clothes using the piece of fabric at hand.  Or, sale yardage sold as-is.  Doing a pattern layout different from the instruction sheet takes planning, manipulation and dare say "creativity."

        Trust your effort results to your liking.

        nepa 

  2. starzoe | | #2

    Have you thought of a bias trim, perhaps a matching bias facing (showing or not) on the armscyes? Ultrasuede gives an elegant touch.

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      Guurtje | | #4

      Thank for your advise. Yes I thought of a bias trim, but I did not find it perfect. It had to be quite wide and was too stiff to my liking in spite of the bias. I did follow your advise of the matching trim on the armscyes, although not showing (neighter does the false hem), it gives the garment a finishing touch.

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