Sewing basics: Sewing side seams that don’t “pull” up at the hem.
I’ve been sewing all my life, but I still have one little problem and I can’t seem to find any information on it. Whenever I sew a dress or skirt, the side seams seem to pull up at the hem and/or pucker a bit. I thought at first it was the needle I was using, and then the fact that when I pressed my seams open I was pulling on the fabric and I may have pulled it off grain. I also make sure I sew the seam from the hem to the waistline, but then when I deconstructed skirts and dresses I noticed that one seam is sewin in that direction and the other side is sewn in the opposite direction. I also checked to see the way I hemmed the garment, thinking I was drawing up the hem slightly where the side seams meet; the thickness of the fabric at the seam, and/or the fact I may have sewn the stitches too tight at that point. Can anyone help me? I would appreciate it! Thanks!