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From: TupJane
Date: 03-05-2007, 05:03 PM (1 of 4)
I need some suggestions as to how to remove the crease in a gabardine hem. This is a dress made for a dance number. The hem is very deep and can be let out but the forest green material is not letting go of the hem line. Steam isn't enough. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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User: TupJane
Member since: 02-04-2005
Total posts: 55
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-05-2007, 06:38 PM (2 of 4)
From years of reading about this problem, the only answer has usually been.. "try wetting the line with vinegar and then pressing... If it is still there, you have to cover it with trim to get rid of it.. Vinegar is sort of last resort.. It works most of the time.. once or twice I had to add a line of trim around, but it never bothered the little girls .. It was always their hems that had to be let out...
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: paroper
Date: 03-05-2007, 08:01 PM (3 of 4)
Be sure it is white vinegar. Dark vinegar doesn't work as well.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 03-05-2007, 10:18 PM (4 of 4)
My MIL use to take the vinegar and put it in a saucer at the end of the ironing board with a wash towel in the saucer. She would cover the hem with a brown paper bag torn open, she would dab the paper with the vinegar and iron the paper until dry. She would check the hem and if it was out she would go on if not she would do it again until it was all out. Only thing is if you do this with some fabrics that the hem has been in a long time you might have a white line where the hem crease was folded.
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User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
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