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rachelc
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Default  Posted: 6:08 AM, April 25th (Friday)

ok, I'm hemming a prom dress for my friend's daughter. It's a knit, nylon thing with three layers (not connected) with a rolled hem. I know I need a proper machine needle but I'm nervous. I'm going to have to cut first to have that tiny hem. any words of wisdom?


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 7:35 AM, April 25th (Friday)

Not a seamstress, just know enough to do minor stuff.

My words of advice? Hire someone.


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rachelc
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Default  Posted: 7:45 AM, April 25th (Friday)

she's hiring me! ha! I think i can do it but no room for screw ups.


his Ddays: 2/10, 7/11
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me (WW/BS): 48
him: (BS/WH)52
4 kiddos in mid 20's

Me: I didn't sign up for this.
Him: you're already in this. All you can do is resign...


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Undefinabl3
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Default  Posted: 7:58 AM, April 25th (Friday)

Could you get some of the same type of fabric from the store and practic first? This way when you go to do the dress you know the feel and have the right needle.


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sad12008
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Default  Posted: 8:39 AM, April 25th (Friday)

Have you got experience sewing knits at all?

Undefinabl3's advice is very sound, regardless.

My concern would be what effect however much stretch the fabric has would play on hem-rolling...ie., if it's really stretchy, it'd be easy to have it wind up being a flaring, scalloped-edge hem instead of straight hem. You'd want to play around with the presser foot pressure I'm guessing.

I've sewn my whole life; before there were "tall" sizes I used to make jeans, bathing suits, etc. I made my prom dress and my wedding dress (the professional seamstresses I'd consulted claimed my design couldn't be made!). That said, I find knits to be a challenge....right up there with velvet (the top layer of velvet tends to "walk" when you're stitching a seam, just so I don't leave confusion).


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still2suspicious
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Default  Posted: 8:47 AM, April 25th (Friday)

You might want to ask, at the fabric store, if you need a special foot. I know for my machine it takes a different foot to do different things.

I agree about the stretching. Be very gentle when you are actually sewing as knit can stretch really easy, and of course, not spring back.

Good luck. It is always scary for me to do some one else's stuff. I don't want to screw up!


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Default  Posted: 8:48 AM, April 25th (Friday)

Ballpoint needle for knits. If you can't get one, a VERY fine sharp will do.

Rolled hems are tricky, especially on a knit. If you stretch it as you sew, it will ripple and look bad. Are you sure you're up to this? Pros have a rolled hem machine that does this sort of thing.


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rachelc
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Default  Posted: 9:39 AM, April 25th (Friday)

My concern would be what effect however much stretch the fabric has would play on hem-rolling...ie., if it's really stretchy, it'd be easy to have it wind up being a flaring, scalloped-edge hem instead of straight hem. You'd want to play around with the presser foot pressure I'm guessing.

exactly my thoughts and what everyone else has said. It will look weird if there's any stretching. I'm not sure I AM up for this. i am going to purchase some fabric and practice first. I told her that I will experiment and then decide if it can be done - no promises....


his Ddays: 2/10, 7/11
my Ddays: 1/12, 4/12 broken NC 12/12

me (WW/BS): 48
him: (BS/WH)52
4 kiddos in mid 20's

Me: I didn't sign up for this.
Him: you're already in this. All you can do is resign...


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Kajem
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Default  Posted: 1:53 PM, April 25th (Friday)

I did my daughters dress - by hand. I was to afraid the machine would pull the fabric and stretch it.

Good luck.


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rachelc
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Default  Posted: 8:06 PM, April 28th (Monday)

Got it perfect on the first try, which is unusual for me. I actually tried it on myself and went from there. Tee hee hee. Just a little thing to be proud of, ya know...


his Ddays: 2/10, 7/11
my Ddays: 1/12, 4/12 broken NC 12/12

me (WW/BS): 48
him: (BS/WH)52
4 kiddos in mid 20's

Me: I didn't sign up for this.
Him: you're already in this. All you can do is resign...


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Kajem
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Default  Posted: 8:07 PM, April 28th (Monday)

Yay!!!!!


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Eranda
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Default  Posted: 8:55 PM, April 28th (Monday)

A little trick for tiny turned and topstitched hems- especially when you're taking some length off the bottom:

Turn the extra up to about 1/4" longer than you want the finished hem, and baste it about 1/8" from the edge. Then trim close to the stitching, turn along the cut edge and hem. Remove the basting.

It's MUCH easier to sew a very narrow hem if you have a pre-made edge to turn.


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