let me preface by saying that i LOVE a good invisible hem. not that horrible weak shit provided by the “blindstitch” hem a sewing machine does (i had to put that in quotes because they aren’t even blind and they look horrible and tacky and ugh ugh ugh h8 machine-sewn hems ALL OF THEM), but a dainty hand-sewn invisible/blind hem ♥ so classic and clean, the mark of true craftsmanship.
don’t even get me started on machine-stitched VISIBLE hems ew ew ew
anyway, this process mystified me for a long time:
first it was “LOL WHY I AM GONNA DO THAT, THE MACHINE IS GOOD ENOUGH AND IT IS FASTER” (yeah, if you want your finished piece to look extra suzy homemaker. gross, i bet you used quilting cotton to make that, too).
then it was “HAND SEWING IS BORRRING UGHH”
then it was “I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DO THAT STITCH LOL AND HAND SEWING IS STILL BORING”
i don’t think hand sewing is boring anymore, not even after putting hours of padstitching into my lady grey. i guess i see it as the difference between “homeade” and “handmade.”
i’m hemming a gorgeous black 50s cocktail dress (another spoil from closet case vintage ehehehe), so i took some pictures to maybe de-mystify the process for some of y’all.
and also to point out why, when someone asks me “oh, can you hem this, i know it’ll be quick bc you have a sewing machine!” i tend to snarl and spit and spout profanities.
these pictures are bad bc i am hemming a black dress, with black hem tape and black thread.
oh, and this tutorial is only good for hems that do not need to be eased in, so flared ppl need to look elsewhere, sry.
once again, deal with it.
and then onto the stitching!
- don’t pull the thread completely taunt, let it have a minuscule amount of slack. you don’t want puckers on the front of your hem!
- if you are having problems with tangly thread, beewax will help smooth things out. i don’t use wax because i like to live(sew) on the edge.
- don’t make the mistake i did with my lady grey and buy fusible hem tape. it doesn’t fuse (not that i wanted it to anyway, fusing = lazy sewing) and it is hard to stitch through GROSSSS
hand-hemming isn’t difficult, just time-consuming.
the dress in question has a FOUR YARD HEM. wish me luck!
in the meantime, my roommate and i – with the help of our AMAZING AWESOME FRIEND RAF – put up our christmas trees:
the cutest little pine tree, it is shorter than me (and i’m 5’2″!) and smells amazing. it was also difficult to get to stand straight/sturdy, so it is tied to the wall with mardi gras beads. oh, and raf did all the lights, because neither of us wanted to bother with putting them on. ha!
of course they are both in the same room. we are classy ladies.