Seriously……

How do you hem georgette polyester? I’m on the point of losing my sanity here.

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7 thoughts on “Seriously……

  1. Hi Jane – I have struggled with this for years then a friend gave me this tip. Turn up the hem with pins and then press with the iron, to get a creased edge. Machine close to the folded edge. Cut off the excess close to the stitching, but take care as you must not snip the fabric!! Then turn up a tiny hem which encases the raw edge, and stitch the hem up close to the edge. Try it on a sample of the fabric. It works!!!!

    • Thank you. That sounds like a great tip. The pattern says to turn under by 1cm and then by another 8cm and top stitch. The problem is that the layers don’t seem to feed through the machine at the same rate and I end up with bunching at one end of the hem.

      I will try what you suggest but will need to practice on some scraps first!

      • If you find that you get bunching, try placing pins at right angles to the hem so limiting the travelling if the fabric at different speeds. The use of a “walking foot” can help but probably not on such a small hem. Have you heard of such a device? I am lucky enough to own an “original” (German made) Pfaff, which is the only model which has one of these walking feet buit in and it is such a boon. Other makes now have an attachment which walks the fabric through at the same speed. They are not cheap so you would only consider sbuying if you thought that you would get use out of it. Patchwork ladies can’t make quilts without them!

  2. I haven’t tried it with that material, but if you get some tissue paper under your fabric then the feed dogs will have something to grip onto. Then when you’ve hemmed, you can gently pull away the tissue paper.
    I’d do a practice on scraps, and play with tension as normal, but would maybe take the tension test through to the pull away of paper, with pressing afterwards, just to make sure you don’t get wobbly stitching once the paper thickness has been removed?
    (Or if you have soluble stabiliser (solvy), you could try that instead of tissue paper. Used for machine embroidery normally, but could see it working here – you just dunk it in water after sewing and it melts away…)

    I hope you tame that fabric! 🙂

    • Thank you so (sew?) much. I’m really glad I posted this question now. Two useful suggestions I can play with which hopefully will solve the problem.

      I’ve not tried soluble stabiliser or seen it for sale. I’ll have a dig around the internet as it sounds like the sort of thing that would be useful.

  3. I have used soluble stabiliser for knits, great if you don’t have a coversitich and wanna sew across the grain e.g. at necklines, so it would work well with slinkier slippy fabrics like georgette. You could try spray starch to give the fabric some weight…. I think I’ve used it on chiffon relatively successfully.

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