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sewing hem of T shirts

Enid_Shapiro | Posted in The Archives on

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How do I sew the hem of a T shirt without it becoming wavy? I made a nighshirt out of a knit material. Made hem pressing under 1.25 inches, then pressing under 1/4 inch at bottom so I could top stitch the hem, and make it enclosed. I sewed it with a tiny zig zag stitch, but it was slightly wavy. How do I prevent that?

Enid Shapiro

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  1. Clairezbo_ | | #1

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    You really dont have to turn the 1/4 inch. the jersey material wont ravel. Serging the edge is the best but if you dont have a serger I would just press up the desired hem and then I use a long wavy stich I have on my Bernina. Keep a little tension on the front and back as you stich. Pratice on a scrap of jersey till you get the right stich.

    1. lin_hendrix | | #2

      *Hi Enid, If your sewing machine doesn't have a stretch stitch specifically for knits you can try these ideas:First use an extra sharp new needle; often a dull needle will push the fabric away before piercing, causing it to stretch out (wavyness) before forming the stitch. I use those microtex needles on finer denier knits and non-ravelly knits. Even a new ball-point might help.Second try loosening the tension equally on bobbin and top thread just a bit then give a little push to the fabric as you stitch, kindof forcing a bit extra into the feed dog. You'll have to experiment, you don't want a lot of extra fabric.--lin

      1. Marion_E._Ruppel | | #3

        *Have you tried a double needle with a bobbin with wooly nylon. ?Before I got my coverstitch thats the way I did it.

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