November 6, 2015

Appleton Sewalong Day 8: Hemming

Alright, friends! We’ve made it to the final day of the Appleton Dress sewalong. Today, we’re hemming the sleeves and the dress.

For the sleeves, turn the bottom edge under 1″ and press.


 For the hem, turn up the bottom edge 1.5″ and press.


Hemming jersey can be a little fiddly. My favorite cheat is to use water soluble wonder tape to stick my hem in place. It’s especially helpful if you don’t have a walking foot or you find your hems tend to get bunchy. Alternatively, you can use “steam a seam” which is a fusible webbing which works in the same way.

First, you remove the paper from one side of the tape, and press the sticky side along the edge of the hem:


Then, take off the second paper side from the tape:


Then, press your hem down – you have a little bit of leeway to pull it up and re-adjust if you don’t get it right first time.


Then, hem using either a twin needle, a narrow zigzag, or a coverstitch machine.



Yay! Your Appleton Dress is finished!! I can’t wait to see all of your makes!

Thanks so much for sewing along with me!


9 thoughts on “Appleton Sewalong Day 8: Hemming

  1. Lovely dress…and those shoes…be still my heart!

  2. Ann from Denmark (@kvintaen on Instagram) says:

    I glue baste, using Elmers school glue and the just press it with a hot iron (incl pressing cloth). I have used this trick for putting on binding on quilts several times! And the glue will wash out too.

    1. Ann from Denmark (@kvintaen on Instagram) says:

      Mind you: just a TINY bit of glue is enough, or you will have it show through the fabric until washed…

    2. PsychicKathleen says:

      Lovely dress and Ann from Denmark – thank you for that brilliant suggestion. I’ve always wondered if you could use just a plain elmers water soluble glue!

  3. Kassi Kasinger says:

    Carrie, I told you I’d be watching and not posting! I picked up my pattern earlier this week at Modern Domestic. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

  4. Sharon says:

    Great looking dress. Now all you need is an underslip in some kind of non-static generating fabric to stop it clinging where cling is not the thing.

  5. Cass says:

    Thanks for sharing all of your tips during the sew along! I’ve worn my dress several times now and have a question about washing…what do you do with the ties??? I’m worried that if I just wash it like I would with any other dress I’ll end up with the whole load tied up in knots and my dress stretched out of shape, but I also wonder if bad things will happen if I tie them up into little bundles. Since I’d never found a good wrap dress before, I’ve never had to deal with this. Good problem to have! Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Cass! Ah yes they do have a tendency to get tangled. I’d recommend washing it inside a net bag like the ones they sell for socks/delicates.

  6. Sabine says:

    Gerade fertiggenäht 🙂
    Ein superguter Schnitt.
    Ich muss mich nur noch an die betonten Kurven gewöhnen.

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