Pinning a hem –
The thread in the Fitting folder – hemming a chiffon – brought a thought.
If one pins a hem, do you place it –
1) vertically – with grain?
2) horizontally – on the cross grain?
In my introdutory days, Mother’s rationale was vertically because this had the pin “in-line” with the drape of the fashion. Though over the years I’ve come to know some folks pin horizontally.
I was taught, and have always seen people pin hems using horizontal pinning. Hem markers have a horizontal slot for pins to do just that. Then it is just a matter of "connect the dots" with the line of pins. Now you have me wondering! Got to put some thought into this. Cathy
One TV show I watched years ago said that you would have more control if you pinned horizontally and I have been doing that ever since. I usually just take a small bite and pin around the hem evenly first in fourths then in smaller increments. I am less likely to sew over the pin if it is put in horizontally and have probably saved $$ over the years by not nicking the machine needle on those pins.
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