Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday Sewing Tip

First, thanks for all the kind words yesterday! We've already cleared out Michael's room and now Nicky has a room of his own. I'll get to see Michael tomorrow for Easter!

This is a bit of a cheat since I posted this idea a long time ago. But this time, I have pictures. Besides, between moving Nicky into the new room, finishing my Easter top and regular household chores--not to mention I have work at 4--I don't feel like thinking of anything 'new.' And it's worth repeating.Today's tip is about measuring hems or any other instance of folding over an edge of fabric. In this example, I have to fold over 4" on the top of the curtains for my son's room, to allow for a casing and a ruffle on top. As you can see, I have measured in 8 inches from the finished edge. I used a disappearing marker. You could also use pins to mark your increments. The basic idea is...whatever you want the finished 'hem' to be, double it and use that as your measurement.

Now, fold over the fabric so that the finished edge meets where you made your marks. See...mine folds perfectly at four inches. Yours will fold perfectly, too.

Have a great Saturday! Enjoy coloring your eggs and don't forget to leave a carrot for the Easter Bunny.


Becky said...

Thanks about the banner! And funny that you said that about the sesame oil-- I almost used it (we have some here). I discovered the last time that I heated up the dumplings, though, that apparently it doesn't do well at the heat level I needed, because it splattered EVERYWHERE. That's why I used the canola this time, since I knew I'd be using the same pan for the lo mein and the dumplings. (And why I added the sesame seeds. ;)

Good sewing tip-- I'll have to try that when I finally get around to hemming my curtains!

Anonymous said...

Im so far behind. Your Easter things are so pretty.
As for the duckling..I bet April would love to give them to you hehe.
Happy Easter.

Mo'a said...

A very timely tip...I will be making curtains for the Family Room this week.
Thank you for your visit to my blog.

Carolyn said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments. I like this post about hems. I'm just a beginner when it comes to sewing, even though my mom taught me when I was young, and I need all the tips I can get!