Friday, July 12, 2013

Tale of the T-Shirts

I'm not going to lie. Despite my attention to fashion when I was younger, these days I'm mostly a jeans and t-shirts gal. And I pretty much just wear plain t-shirts, so I buy them when they're on sale. Recently, one of my favorite online stores was having a major sale so I bought a bunch to replace the ones that were fraying at the neck.

Alas, most of them were too long! A cross between a shirt and a dress, and not an attractive look (I may wear jeans and t-shirts, but I still like to look neat and relatively put together). So...I just thought I'd hem them, but everyone online was talking about how difficult it was to hem a t-shirt. The fabric rolls and there's the problems of the stretch. The solutions offered were more complicated than a basic seamstress like me wanted to tackle. My deal no longer looked like such a deal.

Then today I found this video. I've never used a twin needle with two spools of thread, but I looked and yes, even my relatively basic machine has this feature. This looks doable. Sigh of relief here. When I get some time I'll be sewing again.

Any more tips on the best way to sew stretchy stuff?


Laney4 said...

I don't know, Myrna. I use "hem fuser", I believe it's called. Looks like lace trim. You turn your clothes inside out, lay it where you want the hem to turn up, turn up the hem on top of it, place a clean thin rag on top, and then iron. The heat fuses the hem together and there's no ugly stitches! I did this with my dress pants, and the hem still remains several machine washings later. I just don't know if it'll work on a T-shirt. I'd try a little bit on a rag T-shirt first.
Good luck with whatever you do!

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I might give that a try. I've used it on other things such a patching torn pockets, and sometimes it stays, sometimes it peels (probably when I haven't left the iron on it long enough). But it's a great way to save time (and it keeps me from having to sew. I am a reluctant seamstress)!