My Mom and two of her sisters worked in a garment factory in the early mid-century. One of them worked there until it closed in the late 1980's when manufacturers started sending their work to foreign countries. From them, I learned to love to sew. Though my first sewing machine was just a little pink plastic toy machine that only did one stitch, I loved every minute I spent sewing on it. I haven't stopped loving sewing since then.
- Fold over the one half inch of fabric that extends past the lining on each side of the panel. Finger press in place.
- Fold over the sides again, this time one full inch. Press and pin in place.
My sewing machine has three needle positions so I set the needle to the left. When doing this you can use both the 3/4″ seam allowance marker on the right and the left edge of the presser foot as shown in the inset photo on the upper right of the photo to the right on this page. If you machine doesn’t have adjustable needle positions you’ll have to adjust accordingly.
Don’t be in a hurry to sew. Straight sewing comes from stitching slow and steady and using a guide. For larger hems, if your machine isn’t metal (my guide is a magnetic), you can use a strip of masking tape as a guide.
I like guiding my fabric with two hands as you can see in the picture to the right on its upper right. My six year old grandson did a great job taking that picture for me. Thanks sweetie!
Remember not to pull the fabric through. Only guide it’s path.
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