Because of the size of the sample I decided that to withdraw 8 threads on all sides wouldn't leave a lot of space for stitching. So I have only done this at the top and the bottom and withdrawn 2 threads along the sides. This will be one of the last hems where I will weave in the withdrawn threads. Once you withdraw this number of threads it is easier to buttonhole over the edges. ( The hem preparation and stitching is demonstrated in Hem 5 .)
But this left me with the dilema of what to do with the hole left at the sides. I decided to make another 3 thread bundle in each hole by using the embroidery thread. This isn't hard to do as you can see in the following images.
I start by anchoring my thread in the hem or you could start in the first stitch of the longer side. Starting in the hem will give you 4 threads, in the side 3 threads.
I make sure I do a half hitch to anchor the thread and give the appearance that these threads were part of the fabric.
A half hitch is stitched by passing the needle under the fake threads and over the cotton and pulling the thread tight. In this case I hadn't finished the hem stitching on this side so I just continued on. In the example above after inserting the threads I took my thread out through the side hem and finished off.
I then decided to gather the bundles into groups of 2. I think that groups of 3 would have looked just as good. I did this by joining each group with a chain stitch. The only thing to watch is that you keep a good tension on the floating thread and that you watch which side of the thread you place your needle.
This is another very easy hem finish.