Hi! This part 3 of a 3 part series on Hems the easy way. Today we are using the basting function to help make a nice even hem! In the past two posts we looked at using the rolled hem foot and using the Overedge foot with a single fold hem. If you missed Part 1 & 2 earlier this week, just scroll back on Janome or click these links: Part 1 and Part 2
To recap, I wanted to make myself a new skirt but didn’t have enough fabric at home and I was far too impatient to order some fabric online since all the storefronts had closed. Instead I repurposed a beautiful set of curtains I had purchased for whenever I updated my living room, which to be honest, probably won’t happen this year. I finished the skirt but when I got to the hemming stage I just couldn’t face the normal double fold hem and my klutziness which I know would result in burned fingertips. I used the Paris Party Dress from Rebecca Page for this skirt! Its a great little pattern and the bonus is it is free!
This method is pretty straight forward. Before you start try on your skirt and determine how much you need to hem your skirt. For the purposes of this tutorial I need to hem 2”. Since it is a double fold hem I will be completing two 1” hems. You may need to alter these measurements based on the length and look of your hem.
First you are going to fold your fabric to the back1” and press all the way around the skirt. Take your time, work in small sections and try to be nice and accurate.
Once you have completed that, you are going to head over to your machine. I’m using Janome’s M7 Continental. I go into the applications menu (t-shirt icon) and scroll down until I find the Basting logo. For this we are using the Auto basting option. If you are working on a different machine you will have to find your basting stitch or increase your straight stitch length to 5 or 6.
Then run a basting stitch close to the raw edge of this first fold all the way around your skirt hem. This basting stitch secures the first fold so when you do the second fold the fabric won’t slip apart.
After you have finished this first hem, fold your fabric towards the back 1” a second time and give it a good press. If you feel like it will help you could also pin your hem down.
Now it is time to stitch down this final hem. I like to use my Acufeed HP2 foot on my Janome M7 Continental. This helps all 3 layers of the hem to move through the machine at the same rate without shifting. I’ve had to pull out hems before when all my layers seemed to have sewn at different rates resulting in puckers and it hanging weirdly.
The last step is optional. If you are so inclined you can take out your basting stitch. You can also leave it in if you want to save some time, I won’t tell anyone. The basting stitch will be on the back side of the hem so no one will be the wiser if you choose to leave it in.
Of all 3 hemming methods in this series, which one was your favourite?