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From: TupJane
Date: 02-04-2005, 11:55 AM (1 of 5)
Can someone tell me how to put a hem in a denim stretch fabric? I want to use the hem stitch on my machine for durability but the shiny denim-like material doesn't hide the stitches at all.
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User: TupJane
Member since: 02-04-2005
Total posts: 55
From: MaryW
Date: 02-04-2005, 12:13 PM (2 of 5)
Hi TupJane and welcome to Sew Whats New.

I am taking this advice straight from the More Fabric Savvy book by Sandra Betzina.

She says to press a 3/4" wide strip of interfacing to your hem area. Make sure it is cut on the nonstretch direction and your hem won't stretch.

She also says to roll your hem twice at 3/4" and topstitch one or two rows.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: auzzi
Date: 02-07-2005, 12:01 AM (3 of 5)
I agree - when you cannot hide the hem stitches, make a feature of them. Double- or triple-stitching makes a stylish finish for denim of any description.
User: auzzi
Member since: 10-28-2003
Total posts: 56
From: paroper
Date: 02-07-2005, 12:45 AM (4 of 5)
Most purchased denium skirts also have a topstitched hem.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: Twinscott
Date: 02-16-2005, 06:10 AM (5 of 5)
Hi, as long as you have a stretch needle in your machine and some top stitching thread then you should,nt have a problem. The hem may look slightly stretched after, but pressing with a cloth and steam iron will shrink it back.
User: Twinscott
Member since: 02-16-2005
Total posts: 1
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