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    Tips on holding fabric while sewng hem ??

    I am attemping my first DIY hammock and wondering if there are tips/trick on holding the fabric in place while sewing the hem? I am using JoAnn's 1.9 Ripstop. I am making a 11' gathered end, all black (fabric, whoopies, ridgeline) and calling it "onyx".


    I have heard of:
    -Using a little stick glue?
    -Low heat iron to make crease?

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    As an amateur thread injector, I usually sew each section of the hem to keep in in place. Therefore, for a rolled hem, I'll do the first fold and sew it down. I'll then do the second roll and sew it down. I end up with two stitches on one side, but feel like it makes a neater, more consistent hem for me.

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    Blue painter's tape works well to hold things in place and if small holes in your fabric aren't an issue, there's always straight pins.

    Ripstop will take a crease pretty well. If you're doing a rolled hem, fold your fabric over and crease the first fold with the edge of a credit card (or your thumbnail will work just fine) along the whole length of the first fold, then fold and crease again. Add a vew pieces of tape at about 4-6 inch intervals where the first fold meets the rest of the fabric and you should be good to go...

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    Ramblinrev's post below reminded me of something I forgot...remove the tape as you get to it...do not sew through it. He's right on target, it'll gum things up in a heartbeat...
    Last edited by Steve D; 02-06-2012 at 16:21.

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    I hold the fabric with my right hand in front and my left hand in back, sewing 12 or so inches at a time. I keep just enough tension between my hands to keep the fabric taught, but not tight. Takes a little practice, but after awhile, you can guide the fabric through letting the machine feed the fabric and your hands just keeping pace with the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
    I hold the fabric with my right hand in front and my left hand in back, sewing 12 or so inches at a time. I keep just enough tension between my hands to keep the fabric taught, but not tight. Takes a little practice, but after awhile, you can guide the fabric through letting the machine feed the fabric and your hands just keeping pace with the machine.
    Exactly...make the two folds on a 12"-14" section, hold it taut as the little blue guy describes and stitch. Repeat as necessary.

    I do use pins as required for more complicated work.

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    I never use pins or any of the tricks. A lot of the time I just fold the hem I want to make and then make a crease. With 1.9 ripstop, it will generally stay down and once you start sewing it gets a lot easier.

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    I do not recommend glue or tape of any kind for any reason. It will gum up your needle and can transfer the gum to the inner bobbin workings creating a complete and total mess. Heat sealed adhesives are a different matter as they are not activated until they are heated. But I do not think they are worth the hassle for a hem.

    IMO pins are your friend although others have used binder clips, paper clips, staples and any manner of holding aid. I have gotten to the point where I fold freehand as I go but I only stitch down one fold at a time. Work no more than a foot or so ahead of the needle. Work slowly and carefully until you get the hang of it. Even experienced professional stitchers do not expect to zing through an 11' hem without stopping to adjust. You'll get it with practice.
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    Ok, thanks for all the help !
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    Echo...Echo...Echo

    I just wanted to echo what PapaSmurf and RamblinRev stated previously. First, you don't want anything sticky gumming up the thread injector. The time and or money it would take to fix that would outweigh the time savings of not pinning or using some other method in my opinion. Others will tell you it has worked for them, and if so, more power to them and IYOT (Inject your own thread). It's just not for me.

    I am an 'impatient perfectionist' meaning I want it perfect, but I want it perfect right now, so I initially resisted the urge to use pins to keep my fabric undercontrol and instead employed the method described by PapaSmurf, which I use even if I pin, and just fold as I go. If you're doing a double layer hammock, I would suggest using pins at least sparingly or you might wind up with the two layers getting out of sync. Pulling out 11' of thread is not fun. Now that I've made a few things I use more pins than ever because now I want my results to look better and I've learned that it takes less time sew with the pins in than to tuck on the run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacky Hiker View Post
    I am attemping my first DIY hammock and wondering if there are tips/trick on holding the fabric in place while sewing the hem? I am using JoAnn's 1.9 Ripstop. I am making a 11' gathered end, all black (fabric, whoopies, ridgeline) and calling it "onyx".



    I have heard of:
    -Using a little stick glue?
    -Low heat iron to make crease?

    Thank You !

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