Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hemming the Abby cardigan- tips & tricks

The instructions suggest serging a baby rolled hem.
I will show you how I hemmed my SA Abby and
finished the point at the bottom of center front.

this is a view of a side seam


The "facing" as such, hangs loose using this method.
I did not stitch them to the front.


Next step is to machine-stitch along the edge of the
hem, where the point of the facing meets the hem

Pin along the creases - that is the hem.

Once certain of accuracy, sew the seam.  I recommend starting
mid-way and sew towards the point.  If you start at the point, the
sewing machine needle likes to push it down into the hole
and generate a nice tight knotted mess that could cause cursing
and using scissors to extricate the point and ...
you get the idea.




Definitely practice on scraps until you have it down.
Instead of sewing by machine, you could sew by hand
using a catch-stitch.





Pattern alterations for fitting adjustments - next post.
Let me know if you have questions-

27 comments:

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    1. sorry Idrees Ahmad, we don't want a link to your site promoting something I am not sure is 100% chaste & pure.
      ha!

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  2. Great tutorial Robin, excellent instruction for a cardigan I have on my to make list. I will be going back to these instructions.

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    1. Barbara, I think this will look great on you!

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  3. Thank you for these excellent instructions. Looking forward to the pattern alteration post.

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  4. Thanks for showing how you hemmed this acute angle. I've struggled with this sort of thing in Burda mag patterns. It looks easy now that you show all those pictures!

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    1. a picture is worth a thousand words!
      I find it very difficult to follow written directions - glad it helps!

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  5. Great tips. I never tried blind hemming a knit before!

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    1. me neither! It just never occurred to me.
      But it worked.

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  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm now inspired to make another which will feature all of your great tips. Has Style Arc seen this? I hope the company will consider incorporating your tutorial into its set of instructions. Very nice!

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    1. I am glad it helps! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  7. What a great tutorial, Robin!

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  8. Thank you very much, Robin! You are very generous sharing with us and taking the time to make this awesome tutorial. xoxo, Carina fm Brazil

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  9. I love it when a sewer shows us how she works so that we can learn and try it ourselves. Thank you very much.

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  10. Thank you so much for posting this. I will print it off and add it to my sewing techniques folder for future reference. Great tip about snipping the seam and turning a different way for the hem. I haven't had luck with my blind hem foot - it seems to catch a bit of the upper material so will need to practice (as it is much easier).. Did you need to do any pattern re-sizing or did it fit without change. I really want to try this pattern.

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    1. BeaJay, I have another post coming soon about the alterations I made.
      They probably won't be the same alterations you need, but I will post about my thought process.
      Good luck with the blind hem foot.
      Not all blind hem foots are equal - some are tricky to use.

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  11. Great tute! Thank you, Robin. Love your fabric too!

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    1. thank you Bunny; I have learned so much reading your blog.

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  12. THANKYOU so much for this. I have this exact pattern and it is on my list to do ( after a couple of other things - lol) - I will bookmark this page .

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  13. Thank you so much for the lovely tutorial. I LOVE how you point out the details with the cards and arrows.
    I am learning how to use my serger and this would be a great project for me. Please post more of these projects. You are a sewing angel!

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  14. Thank you for this tutorial! I'm going to start the cardi this week but have been mulling over how to do the hem. I will definitely be refering to this!

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  15. Great Tutorial! what type of foot are you using on your sewing machine when sewing the hem?

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    1. That is the blind hemmer foot that came with my Pfaff sewing machine.
      thanks!

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  16. I enjoyed your tutorial. The step by step is very important to us visual learners. I noticed your Pfaff cause I own one too. I love my 2144.

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  17. Robin,
    Thanks for your wonderful tutorial - I've not excuse now for not making up my Abby cardi!!

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