by pennyhal2 09 Apr 2019

Whenever I try to hem a tshirt, it gets wavy instead of laying flat. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

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by Sewmum1 09 Apr 2019

It depends what is causing the wave in the first place.
Use a stretch or ball point needle
Reduce foot pressure. To much pressure cause the fabric to stretch making it wavy(not all machines have this dial, but I use mine all the time)
Try not to pull the fabric as you feed it through.
Press the hem before stitching and have the right side facing up as you stitch
Use a coverstitch machine or a twin needle if you have otherwise a triple zig zag stitch or stretch stitch does the job ok
I do not use WSS on shortening hems as I do this for my day job and we can't sell something that has been washed.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 10 Apr 2019

Thanks for the tips!

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by dragonflyer 09 Apr 2019

I do what Jenne does when I don't use a Cover Stitch to hem on my Serger... Use a stretch stitch as Chris has suggested and the WSS underneath...and a ball point or stretch needle.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 10 Apr 2019

Thanks!

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by allmine99 09 Apr 2019

I use my walking foot.

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 10 Apr 2019

Thanks!

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by pennifold 09 Apr 2019

You need to ensure you use a stretch stitch specifically for stretch fabrics. You should have at least 1 or 2 of them on today’s modern machines. Good luck. If you have any problems check out YouTube on “How to sew stretch fabrics”. Love Chris ❤️👵🏻

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 10 Apr 2019

Thanks!

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by jenne 09 Apr 2019

I serger it then used your wash-a-way stablizer on the bottom as you hem. like the picture the did in water as you would your embroidery.

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jenne by jenne 10 Apr 2019

length your stitches also.

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 10 Apr 2019

Thanks for the photo!

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