Anyone know how to hem a too long t-shirt? Help me - I need to do this tonight!

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Posted 7/31/2011 by Nacho_Momma in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 7/31/2011 6:16:50 PM


I need to hem a too long t-shirt tonight. I did a search and haven't been crazy about the results I've seen. It needs to lose about 3 inches. I don't know how to do this with stretchy t shirt material.

Any ideas, tips?

TIA!




Suzanne

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Posted: 7/31/2011 6:22:37 PM
The only thing I can think of is to cut some of it off and then do a new hem. You could do it on the machine or by hand. The machine would be a lot faster though if you need it right a way.

Hope it all works out for ya!

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Posted: 7/31/2011 6:25:52 PM
Are you doing it by hand or machine?
Have you done any sewing (either by hand or machine) before?
Will the bottom of the t-shirt be visible?




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Posted: 7/31/2011 6:35:43 PM
Honestly, t-shirt material is very stretchy and you should have a serger to work with it. But, you can do a hem, fold under and zig zag stitch on your machine for a quick and dirty. Go slow. Pin a lot. But, I would find some double-sided dressmakers tape or no sew tape, like for curtains and do that with an iron. Faster than sewing IMHO.

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Posted: 7/31/2011 6:46:03 PM
Hope you don't mind the hijack (or piggy-back ad the case may be).

I have 2 new camis that I love, but they're too long. They have lace trim at the bottom. Is it reasonable to think I can sew a new hem just above the lace like how you would do an "invisible" hem on a pair of jeans to keep the original stitching?

good luck with your shirt! As a short wasted bottom heavy girl I'm not happy about the "New Longer Length!" trend.

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Posted: 7/31/2011 7:44:02 PM

As a short wasted bottom heavy girl I'm not happy about the "New Longer Length!" trend.


As a long torso tall girl, I love them! I haven't had to worry about shirt length in the better part of a decade. The 90's were a very dark time for us long torso tall girls.

I would just cut, fold, press, and stitch with a zig zag stitch. You will need a stitch like that so it still has some stretch. A straight stitch will pucker and snap as the shirt stretches.

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Posted: 7/31/2011 8:39:31 PM
How about just cutting it off and letting it roll up on its own? I've done this with workout tshirts (where it really doesn't matter).

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Posted: 7/31/2011 8:43:12 PM
I can functionally sew by hand or machine.

I saw this video, thought I might try this method and let the chips fall where they may.

The shirt is for my daughter, she is a VBS aid ,and the hem will show..





Suzanne

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Posted: 7/31/2011 9:39:37 PM
My dd takes a pony tail rubber band and knots the length and holds it with the band.

How old is your dd? It is "in" to band the length.


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Posted: 7/31/2011 9:58:57 PM
If your machine doesn't have a stretch stitch you should use a zigzag stitch.

If you try to sew with a straight stitch it will look fine as you are sewing, but will probably ripple because it will stretch as you sew.


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