Monday, July 1, 2013

Sewing A Fish Line Hem

I had finished the RWB pageant outfit. And it is ready for the day in 2 weeks.

But deep down inside I really wanted to try a skirt with the fish line hem. I like that look. I have looked at a lot of video tutorials on the web and I think I can do it. It may take some practice tho. Of course I had to go buy some more fabric. Just one yard of blue and one yard of red. Which is way more than enough. At $4 yard, it's worth to keep it on hand. I already had the white.

Of course there is always a supply of new fishing line around to sew with. I just had to explain that I needed it to sew with.



A quick review of how I did it. Cut 3 skirts from my pattern, one red, one white, one blue.  (Look here to see Part 1 and look here to see Part 2 of the sewing process of the RWB outfit.) The bottom tier is length of pattern and the other 2 tiers are each cut an 1- 1/2 shorter, so the 3 pieces form a tier. I aligned all 3 pieces together at the waist and stitched them together with a zigzag stitch to keep them together and to keep the waist edge from stretching out.

Set my stitch to a zizzag form of stitch and tested it on a scrap piece of the fabric. Its not a true zigzag but a double wide zigzag close-together-stitch to catch the fishing line in between the stitches side to side. Hope that makes sense.

I then measured length of fishing line to go around bottom of hem skirt. Wrapped fishing line around an empty thread spool and taped the end and microwaved for 4 minutes and let it cool on the spool before unwinding it. At first I only microwaved for like 1 and 1/2 minutes and realized it needed more. So after some time adjustments, I used 4 minutes and it seemed to work how I wanted it. (All this was in the tutorials.)

Then, free handedly, no pinning or ironing, I placed the finishing line on wrong side of fabric at hem and turned about 1/4 inch fabric up over it and began to zizgag, leaving about a 3 inch piece of line out before my first stitch. I zigzagged right to the edge and as it stitched and back and forth and had the fishing line in between the width of the stitches it made a nice tiny round hem.

Finish the waist band off with a stretchy elastic sequin trim.

After all 3 tiers completed, I trimmed the excess raw edge off, very carefully. It came out perfect.

  

I surprised myself. And you can too. It's easy.


Now I have 2 skirts and 1 top.

4 comments:

  1. They are both Beautiful ! My favorite is the skirt with the 'American Flags' - - Your grandbaby looks good in Red - - She'll look Adoreabale !

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  2. Wow! I'm going to be trying it soon. I'll be showing a casual wear pageant outfit I did for my niece on my blog soon. I was surprised that there is so little information about these online. I'm a wordpress user, so I'm stuck as a NoReply blogger, even though I log in with google:) here's my blog in case you feel like checkin it out: http://www.sewsnbows.com

    I'm looking forward to seeing more projects from you! P.S. do you know hoe to stone a dress?

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  3. I was inspired to try this after viewing your page, however can you advise how you finished/joined the ends of the fishing line wire?

    Regards

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    1. Hi. Thank you for viewing my fish line hem tutorial. Here is how to finish the end of the round of the hem:
      At the start of the hem, leave a couple inches of the fish line sticking out before your needle placement on the turned over rolled hem . Then as you zigzag hem around the fish line to the other end of the circle you will come to the few inches of fish line sticking out. With my needle still in place, an inch or so before I meet the beginning of the hem where I started, I cut the end of the fish line from what is left and meet the two ends of the beginning and end of fish line that is in the hem and overlap them just a tad and finish the 2 inches or so of the zigzag hem.
      Does this make sense? You are literally just overlapping the two ends of the fish line a little and finish xig zagging them in the rolled fabric.
      Please let me know if I need to give more info. Thanks again.

      Ginger Hi. Thank you for viewing my fish line hem tutorial. Here is how to finish the end of the round of the hem:
      At the start of the hem, leave a couple inches of the fish line sticking out before your needle placement on the turned over rolled hem . Then as you zigzag hem around the fish line to the other end of the circle you will come to the few inches of fish line sticking out. With my needle still in place, an inch or so before I meet the beginning of the hem where I started, I cut the end of the fish line from what is left and meet the two ends of the beginning and end of fish line that is in the hem and overlap them just a tad and finish the 2 inches or so of the zigzag hem.
      Does this make sense? You are literally just overlapping the two ends of the fish line a little and finish xig zagging them in the rolled fabric.
      Please let me know if I need to give more info. Thanks again.

      Ginger

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