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I am having trouble hemming a dress. It “wrinkles” as I try to fold it over and sew it. I know I should press it, and I do, but the problem is that the fabric is covered with raised gold glue dots and the iron melts/burns it off. Also because it is raised the fabric doesn’t really get pressed.

The fabric “wrinkles” diagonally as i try to sew and it “puffs up” – I’ve attached 2 photos to try and show what is happening.

Is there something I can do to get a nice flat even hem? Is there a hand hemming stitch? I am a beginner so sorry if I am missing something really obvious.

Thank you,



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    Nov 18, 2012, 10.58 PMby arisaid

    Turn over hem and baste before you sew, or hand sew it, which would give a much better finish anyway.

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      Nov 19, 2012, 07.51 AMby cathytxtwfr

      oooooooooh i forgot about basting! Ok will try that. Thank you very much!

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    Nov 19, 2012, 08.30 AMby katexxxxxx

    Also, if the hem is curved, you might find it easier to trim it off and turn up a ‘false’ hem made from bias tape. And yes, on that I’d sew it up by hand.

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      Nov 19, 2012, 09.29 AMby cathytxtwfr

      Thank you for the idea! I think I will try that too.

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    Nov 21, 2012, 04.40 AMby GothamJuki

    Well, what I would suggest-if this is your taste. Since the fabrication appears to be a novelty type fabric play off the look of the fabric. By this, I mean, buy some decorative bias tape and sew it on the “raw” hem of the garment. But if you have a merrow, merrow the edge of the garment just to have it clean-then sew on the bias trim/tape You could get some contrast bias trim/tape or contrast decorative bias trim/tape that plays well with the whimsical texture of the fabrication. Your garment seem fun and whimsical, might as well translate this to the rest of the garment. But be careful not to make it over board.

    Hopes this helps

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    Nov 22, 2012, 01.43 AMby arisaid

    Or a rolled hem mightbe worthwhile.

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