How To Hem a Dress with Tulle or Netting

Several of you have been wondering how to hem tulle. This post will explain how to hem either a dress or skirt made of tulle. Usually, I will get a dress from a customer that has the tulle only on the bottom of the dress. This time, I received an entire dress of tulle! It…

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How to Replace a Jean or Pant Zipper

You know it’s time to replace a zipper when the teeth are missing or the zipper tab has pulled away from the teeth, like this one: It’s almost impossible to put the tab back on the track. (But if the slide has broken off and the zipper is still intact, you can always just replace…

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How To Add Lining and Hem Your Drapes or Curtains

Finding drapes in the color, length and fabric you need is not an easy task, unless you get them custom made. But that is expensive. I found a set of drapes in the color and style I wanted, but the length was too long. Also, when I stood on the curb outside, they didn’t look good…

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How to Make A Dress With A Tulle Skirt

As you readers know, altering garments is my focus, not constructing them. But, I just got a great question from a reader and I would love your input in helping her. I’d love your thoughts on the tulle (netting) fabric. Do you have some tips on how to expedite the process and make that skirt…

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How to Alter a Top With an Elastic Hem

You’ve seen these blouses everywhere: They’ve got elastic running around the bottom edge. Many women complain that they don’t like how they look when they wear them and pass up the idea of buying them. Altering them is an easy fix. Just trim off the elastic close to the edge: I use sharp small scissors…

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How To Hem Jeans Using The Original Hem

So many of you have wondered how to hem your jeans by using the original rolled hem. I had never done this before as I hadn’t personally had any customers ask for it. Until now. My own daughter asked me to hem hers that way. So, who better to try a new technique on than…

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Hem Stays

For a long time, I used a six strand cord of embroidery floss to make my hem stays. Is that what they are called? Hem stays? I couldn’t think of a better term for them. They are the cords that keep the hem of dress pants and its lining from straying too far from each other.…

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Rolled Hems…..Another Method

This is a fast and easy way to make a professional looking rolled hem on your wedding gown, formal dress, blouse or on an accessory like a scarf. In my first post on how to make a rolled hem, I used a rolled hem foot. This method doesn’t use a rolled hem foot. In fact,…

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How To Hem a Bubble Dress

Let me show you how easy it is to hem a bubble dress. Here is a strapless gown that a customer brought in earlier this week: Sometimes, I can just tack the dress up at random spots and stitch a bar tack in to hold up the hem. Most of the time, that is how…

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Hemming With Twin Needles

Have you ever sewn with twin needles? They are awesome! Schmetz makes several different kinds. This is one of them: You can find them at Joann Fabrics. Schmetz makes twin needles where the needles are different widths apart, which is really nice. Do you see the numbers at the bottom of the package of twin…

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