I’ve been doing a lot of unselfish (but oh so fun) sewing for other people lately, including 3 dresses and a top for my sister and as many shirts and pants as possible for my baby niece! As a result, I’ve got nothing to blog! Instead, I’ll give you another lazy tip:
When hemming circle skirts, use your serger to gather the curved hem before folding!
This is another of those maybe-to-obvious tips, but I do use this trick a LOT, so I wanted to make sure everyone else was too!
This is a 1/2 circle skirt (A Tiramisu, of course! :P) Because of the flare shape of the skirt, the folded hem will need to be eased to fit the smaller circumference of the skirt. (Seriously, i can’t figure out how to explain that any more clearly. I just hope you know what I mean! 😉
This could be done by careful ironing, or using a curved hem template… but I prefer quickly gathering it with my serger!
Here’s a fuzzy shot of my Brother 1034D.
I set my serger to gather slightly, and serge the whole bottom edge of the skirt.
This particular dress is a super-stretchy ITY knit, but I still just used a regular straight stitch. The 1/2 circle skirt is so full there is rarely much pressure on the hem stitching, so for me, a straight stitch is plenty strong enough! Of course, you could do a lightening bolt stitch, or a nice double needle hem… but those both take extra time, and I’m LAZY!
Bonus: Easing hems with the serger works equally well with woven fabrics, or with a curved hem on a knit top!
If you are lucky enough to have a serger, do you do circle hems this way? If you don’t have a serger… Sorry! Do you have any tricks for easing hems?
ps. Are you following the new Sewcialists Blog? We’ve got some fun Red October round-up posts and inspiration for the Grunge Sewalong coming up!