By popular demand, this week's needle and thREAD post is dedicated to the "easy and neat little way to hem chiffon" I mentioned in last week's post.
I worked in a bridal shop for a few years and picked up some valuable sewing tricks from the in-house seamstress. Hands-down the most practical and versatile thing I learned was how to make a hem suitable for chiffon.
Meet my very best friend, the narrow hem:
I'm going to get into all of the juicy hemming details here, so feel free to skip on down to the thREAD portion of things if learning bridal seamstress trade-secrets is not your cup of tea :o).
For those of you waiting impatiently to get your hands on my fool-proof method, let's get going:
Before you begin, pin your chiffon hem at whatever length you want it -- this is always the hardest part I think! For a full-length dress, pin it 3/4 inches to 1 inch off of the ground (with your fancy shmancy shoes on) if you want a standard length hem.
1) With the pins in, press your hem.
2) Sew a straight stitch right up next to the fold (1/8 inch from the edge at the most).
Use a smaller machine needle on chiffon. Either size 70/10 or 75/11.
3) VERY CAREFULLY trim off the extra fabric, leaving a tiny bit of fabric next to the stitching.
4) Fold up and press. No need to pin.
5) Sew. I like to move my needle to the right one notch and run the fabric next to the feed.
6). Done. Press it and go!
This hem can be used for satin and works great for almost any kind of a-line bridesmaid dress. I use it for linings*. And wedding dresses. You can make shawls with this method, too. Versatile, I tell ya.
The best part about this hem is that it doesn't require a specialized sewing machine foot. A win for simplicity!
In regard to reading this week, I'm still working on the Esolen book and the Trelease book I mentioned last week. The girls and I are doing FIAR and enjoying a colorful book by Marjorie Priceman.
Mmmm. I could really go for a warm piece of apple pie right now.
Thanks for stopping by! For more needle and thREAD, head on over to In the Heart of My Home and see what everyone is up to!
If you need me in the next few days, I'll be fixing the halter strap on this dress and prepping for my sister's wedding on Saturday. Prayers for safe travel and beautiful weather much appreciated!
*To cut down on time when hemming linings (there are usually two of them and who has time for that???), I am less meticulous about trimming off the extra fabric and I don't do any pressing until after the hem is finished.
Love. This. Hem.