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hemming question

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    Melissa @melissamlb42

    Hi, this is the first sewing project I’ve done for myself – only a few other projects for my daughters. I am very much a beginner. It turned out okay and I am pretty happy with myself, but the hem on the sleeves and teh bottom (I did view B) are puckered a little bit. What did I do wrong? It’s almost like my stitch was too tight, but I’m not really sure, it was fine for the other seams. Any ideas? I also didn’t do the bust alteration on this one, and I need to, so I want to make another one, but would like to figure out my mistakes on this one before I start again.

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    Liesl Gibson
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    What kind of fabric did you use? Slippery fabrics are more difficult to hem then more stable fabrics, so maybe that had something to do with it? Also, a good pressing can often solve a wavy hem…

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    Melissa @melissamlb42

    I just used cotton, so not that. I think maybe I accidentally pulled the thread on the basting stitch a little.
    Thank you so much for responding. I am really excited and eager to sew more now that I have found your wonderful patterns.
    I’ll give it a good pressing. 🙂
    I’ve been wearing it all afternoon because I find it so comfortable so even if it isn’t “perfect” I like it! I’m already looking for fabric to make another one.

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    Liesl Gibson
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    @liesl

    Great! If it still doesn’t lie flat after a good pressing, maybe try hemming it again? If your machine tension is off that could make the hem wavy. I think it’s just one of those things that gets better with practice. Glad you’re having fun with it!

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