This is the hem that never ends….

This is the hem that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Cidell started sewing it, not knowing what it was, and she’ll continue sewing it forever just because…This is the hem that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Cidell started sewing it, not knowing what it was, and she’ll continue sewing it forever just because…Seriously. It took me almost an hour just to press the hem of McCall 5314. Every time I would get to a seam, I would think ‘almost there’ and see there was more skirt. Then I started sewing it on the machine and it was the same thing. All. Over. Again.

I chose to do a fairly narrow hem that I just eyeballed. I really dislike hemming. I dislike hemming for many reasons. Well, not many, just two.

1. I have tendonitis in my right hand and am supposed to wear a cock-up splint (that is the worst name for a brace. Try ordering that and see how you feel) for any activity that would stress my tendon (anything requiring a grip or repetitive like typing, sewing, painting, shoveling snow, etc.) so it’s difficult for me to hold a needle for more than 30 seconds. If I do, I’ll have a stiff hand and odd pains in my wrist for several days. So everything gets hemmed on my machine or my mom hems it for me.
2. I’m lazy.

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12 thoughts on “This is the hem that never ends….

  1. I’m with you, girl. If it can get hemmed on the machine, it does. Can you imagine hemming this beauty by hand? Never happen. Your dress looks beautiful

  2. I’m with you, girl. If it can get hemmed on the machine, it does. Can you imagine hemming this beauty by hand? Never happen. Your dress looks beautiful

  3. Cidell, I have basically the same problem with my right hand and I have a plastic splint that had to molded to my hand to wear for all the reasons you have. So I try very, very hard to hem everything by machine.

    I just learned a new technique using bias tape for hemming skirts that have hems that go on and on. Summerset is the blog owner but she reviews on PR too, I think her blog is called Pins and Needles. Just anothe technique to try.

    Lovely dress, very flattering look on you!

  4. Cidell, I have basically the same problem with my right hand and I have a plastic splint that had to molded to my hand to wear for all the reasons you have. So I try very, very hard to hem everything by machine.

    I just learned a new technique using bias tape for hemming skirts that have hems that go on and on. Summerset is the blog owner but she reviews on PR too, I think her blog is called Pins and Needles. Just anothe technique to try.

    Lovely dress, very flattering look on you!

  5. Linda thanks! I’ll look for it. I considered using my narrow hem foot after reading a post on the Sewing Divas, but I chickened out.

    Nancy, I would have never hemmed this by hand. Never. Na uh.

  6. Linda thanks! I’ll look for it. I considered using my narrow hem foot after reading a post on the Sewing Divas, but I chickened out.

    Nancy, I would have never hemmed this by hand. Never. Na uh.

  7. Cidell, you rock. What a great dress!
    Let me tell you how much I love my narrow hem foot. I love, love, love it. It was my first, and so far my only, specialty foot. Hems fon’t have much weithg with it, so if you *need* a weighty hem to get the right drape, it’s a no. But especially for flowy tops (which you make so beautifully!), it is the best thing ever.
    Thanks for a great review! :)

    XOXOXO

    CindyLou

  8. Cidell, you rock. What a great dress!
    Let me tell you how much I love my narrow hem foot. I love, love, love it. It was my first, and so far my only, specialty foot. Hems fon’t have much weithg with it, so if you *need* a weighty hem to get the right drape, it’s a no. But especially for flowy tops (which you make so beautifully!), it is the best thing ever.
    Thanks for a great review! :)

    XOXOXO

    CindyLou

  9. I am not good at hemming period.All the work you did payed off.You have a great looking dress.

  10. I am not good at hemming period.All the work you did payed off.You have a great looking dress.

  11. I love the hemming foot too. It takes some getting used to, but when I had to make dozens and dozens of dog bandanas with narrow hems, I got used to it! I have 1/8″ size and 1/4″ size.

    I love your circle skirt dress and, especially, that white Cosmopolitan dress. That is stunning on you.

  12. I love the hemming foot too. It takes some getting used to, but when I had to make dozens and dozens of dog bandanas with narrow hems, I got used to it! I have 1/8″ size and 1/4″ size.

    I love your circle skirt dress and, especially, that white Cosmopolitan dress. That is stunning on you.

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