TAST 2012 February 15
A sick puppy

Hem 3

The Hem

I started by tacking out the hems, this time I wanted the hem wider so counted 20 threads either side of the finished size tacking line.  I embroidered the hem before I set it.  I probably could have taken more care in the spacing of the flowers but time was limited and I still spent far more time than I could afford.  (4 hours)


Next I mitred the corners (see hem 2) and tacked the hems in position.  To catch the edges I used an semi-invisible hem stitch.   To start the thread I inserted the needle through the fold and caught it with a small back stitch in the hem, doing the reverse when I finished.


I worked with the edge of the hem facing away from me.  The needle slides inside the hem fold for about 1cm,


and then 1 thread is picked up from the main fabric.


This gives a raised edge to your hem which sits like a frame around your work.



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Another great hem detail. I can see me coming back here next time I want to hem something, to choose a suitable variation...

Carolyn Foley

Thanks Rachel.

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