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user-216215 | Posted in General Discussion on

My worst fear is hems!  My topstitching is not even from the edge, allowance is not even, inseam and side seams not align, and puckers, I would adjust tension, that doesn’t work, and basting sometimes, I saw illustrated in a video of Alterations Secrets by Steve Lulla where pins is not necessary, the hems came out well there, can you help?   Marlece

Edited 5/17/2008 2:05 pm ET by Want To Sew


  1. Stillsewing | | #1

    This may or may hepl but depending on the fabric I now use one of the adhesive bonding things for turning up hems and it certainly works for me on silk hems.

  2. Tatsy | | #2

    Hems are easy once you get past the idea that they're not supposed to show.  My personal favorite is to slip a tiny seed bead in a receding color (blends into the fabric) on the needle before I complete the stitch. Sewing by hand makes it easier to keep the hem even and eliminate the "drift" caused by  the feed dogs. Other methods to consider include adding a band of contrast fabric as the finish so that you're just sewing one more seam, or using a decorative stitch with a winding pattern (leaves, etc.) to do the hem. Then the meandering path of the stitching looks planned.  One way to minimize a problems is to exploit it.

    1. user-216215 | | #3


      Thank you, for helping to think in another way of approaching the matter, instead of the sewing machine way.  That does work out well, now that you mentioned it. Thanks again for the additional information. Marlece

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