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What kind of hem on bridesmaid dresses?

gogojojo | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi all,

For those of you who do alterations, what type of hem do you use on bridesmaid dresse?. The fabric is satin, and they will be knee length. Thanks in advance!

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  1. sewchris703 | | #1

    What kind of hem does it have now?  I usually put in the same hem that was original.  Most bridesmaid's dresses have a narrow  hem.  The fabric is folded up, stitched on the fold, cut and folded again, stitch on the previous stitching line.  I use a narrow hemmer foot that does it all in one step.  If the fabric is too thick for the hemmer foot, I serge the raw edge, turn it up and top stitch it.  If the gown has a blind hem, I turn up the new hem and hand stitch.

    Chris

  2. stillsuesew | | #2

    I, too, would use the same technique as the manufacturer used - which was usually a rolled hem.  I used a narrow rolled hem foot.  I had several in different sizes and would test which was the smallest one I could use.  I often found that I had to restitch the bottom of each seam that I would sew across because they would tend to pull apart as I fed them through the rolled hem foot.  So I would restitch the bottom of each seam with a very short stitch and then I would cut away excess seam allowance so I was putting less fabric through the rolled hem foot.  I can't tell you how many hundreds of times I have done this....

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