Hem turning up

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  1. Callieslamb

    Callieslamb Well-Known Member

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    How do you put a hem in something like a jean skirt to keep it from rolling up all the time?

    I have this trouble with almost every narrow hem that I put in a piece of clothing.

    Any advice?
     
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    sewsilly Well-Known Member

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    Some things, you simply can't put a very narrow hem in... better to put in a facing, turn it back and hem that. It actually makes a cute design element to use a different fabric (calico print for jeans) to face it with. You get an occasional glimpse, depending on length and tightness of skirt... cute!

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  3. Callieslamb

    Callieslamb Well-Known Member

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    never though of that! Thanks.
     
  4. mamajohnson

    mamajohnson Knitting Rocks! Supporter

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    On my jean skirts that do that, I actually take them and put them on a hanger, moisten the hem and just pull and flatten it down. If it is real stubborn I will fold it backwards and crease it with my fingers. Sometimes it seems I have to do it every time I wash the skirt, but it helps. (ironing does too)
     
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    my jean shirts that do this, get washed/dryed halfway and hung to dry the rest of the way with clothespins attached to keep them straight. Works great for me.
     
  6. ErinP

    ErinP Too many fat quarters... Supporter

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    On Sewing with Nancy today she showed how to keep a knit from rolling at the hem, so I would assume it'd work for other fabrics as well...

    Just put some fusible web on the unfinished edge, remove the paper and press together (like you're doing a no-sew hem).
    Then top stitch like normal.
     
  7. Callieslamb

    Callieslamb Well-Known Member

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    I knew you ladies would have ideas for me. thanks!
     
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    That's what IRON is for.
     
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    Ah, whats an iron?:D

    DC
     
  10. Callieslamb

    Callieslamb Well-Known Member

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    I have tried ironing and the hem just pops right back up later. I thought it had to do something with the line of the hem - being on the straight-grain rather than curved as many skirts are.