Friday, 17 June 2016

Hems on Silk and Fine Cotton Garments

These tips are courtesy of Sandra Betzina. There are two main hams used on fine silk and fine cotton garments, the narrow hem and the baby hem.

Narrow Hem:

  1. Fuse ¼" lightweight Steam a Seam to the very edge of the fabric.
  2. Fold the hem up once, using the Steam a Seam as a guide, and then twice. Press in place. Note that the paper is still in place at this stage. The paper acts as a template for turning the hem.
  3. Pull the paper off and then press the double hem in place.
  4. Hand or machine sew the hem in place.

Baby Hem:

  1. Use 50 or 100 weight silk thread to sew a line ½" from the edge of the fabric, keeping the fabric taut so that it doesn't gather. Spray starch first if the fabric is very flimsy. Press
  2. Press hem up along this stitching line. Press again. (Some say stitch again, close to this line.)
  3. Trim the fabric close to the stitching line.
  4. Roll the hem up again and press.
  5. Hand or machine sew the hem in place.

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