I had trouble handling panne when sewing an elastic casing for a pants waistband. Now I have to sew the hem and I dread it. Problem is the edges keep curling forming a thick sewing line and this curling seems to be extending to the form of the casing itself. Could it be two separate problems and I just laid the pants out incorrectly? I tried pressing but no luck.
If you have a serger have you tried finishing the edge with an overlock stitch? If not, experiment with your sewing machine's overcast stitches. Perhaps putting some sort of binding on the edge before sewing? I'm thinking of the liteweight tricot binding called Seams Away. This may prevent the edge from curling.
Another technique would be to mark your stitching line farther away from the edge presumably where it's nice and flat, sew the hem then trim away the excess fabric.
Another idea is to use some sort of stick on stabilizer. If your fabric can take the "tearing away" type of stabilizer you can flatten the churlish-curling part and stick it to the stablilizer before sewing. Along these lines there's a stick on basting tape that washes out (if your fabric is washable).
For the hems you could also try a tiny, rolled hem of about 1/4" or so done by hand. Then you would *want* the fabric to curl. Mark the stitching and foldline with chalk so as not to curl too much.
*I have heard that curling edges can be tamed with a good dose of spray starch and an iron though I haven't had occassion to try it.
*Hi!, the Best way I have found to tame the edges of Panne it to fuse a very narrow strip of interfacing to the area to be stitched..I ahve sewn quite a bit of this wonderful fabric lately...Also if you really want to tackle a project (Dont! *Smiles*) Try joining a woven lining fabric to the Panne...I had a customer who insisted on this! Argh! Never Again, well, until next time that is :-)Rhainy
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