3 Ways on How to Hem Stretchy Fabric WITHOUT IT Getting Wavy  (no serger) || SHANiA

3 Ways on How to Hem Stretchy Fabric WITHOUT IT Getting Wavy (no serger) || SHANiA


Hey guys! Thank you for tuning in. Today
I’m gonna be showing you guys my top three tips on how to hem stretchy
fabric without it getting all wavy and puckering and just completely
unprofessional. Alright, so before we get into that I just want to remind you guys
to check out my other videos, check out my playlist, hit that like button, and
share this video with anybody that you think would like it. So, for the sake of this tutorial I’m gonna use stretchy fabric which I got from an old t-shirt, and I’m guessing
that what probably happens is that you get to the end of a project or midway
through a project and fold it over to hem it and you obviously you use pins
because that’s a smarter thing to do anyways so you fold it over to hem it and
then you start stitching and you’re thinking oh yes I can’t wait I’m almost
done with this project it’s gonna be bomb dot com, and then you finish sewing and then you look at your hem and it looks like this horrible not
professional, it’s not flat, it’s got lumps, it’s all puckered ugh! so the first
problem might be the fact that you used a straight stitch you never want to use
straight stitch with a stretchy fabric you always want to use a zig-zag stitch
to allow space. The other problem is probably because you stretched your fabric while you were sewing it, so my number three solution for hemming stretchy
fabric is to switch to a zig-zag stitch and that is it. For stitch length
I recommend 2.5 or anything in the middle, the width in the middle maybe 2.5 as well. For the tension in the middle 4.5 all right and most importantly when you’re
stitching you do not want to stretch your fabric and you do not want to put
pressure on your fabric either because that will cause it to stretch just keep
your finger lightly on the fabric and just use your finger as a guide for the
fabric so that it goes through straightly and evenly and you’ll see
that it already looks a lot better a lot flatter and a lot smoother so let’s do a
comparison of how it looks if you do it the not-so-good way all puckering and if
you just use a zig zag stitch and don’t stretch and put no pressure
looks great now my number two recommendation is wash away wonder tape
this thing is amazing and just check the description box for a link on how to buy
this tape now what I suggest you do is you just decide how much tape you want
to use now if you’re dealing with longer fabric then obviously you can just do it
step-by-step rather than pre measuring it and then
cut it out cut it off cut off the extra piece so the way that this tape works is
that on one side you have the sticky side and on the other side you have the
white part but once you take the white part off you’ll get another sticky
side so you want to just put the sticky side on the fabric make sure that the
wrong side is facing up and then just kind of smooth it down and what I like
to do is I like to just rip off the end because when I rip it then you naturally
start to see the clear part kind of separating itself and once it separates
itself I hold onto the clear part and I take the white part and just pull it off
so that way you also have the sticky side on the top as well and then you
just fold it over the way you would if you were to hem it and then pin it
except in this case you don’t have to pin it which is the amazing thing about
this now if you wanted to you could even
leave it like this without sewing it or anything like that but I suggest it’s
always better to be safe so I suggest you iron it down to really keep it nice
and tacky and flat and smooth and then go ahead and stitch over it and again I
suggest you do a zig-zag stitch because you are dealing with stretchy fabric and
you want to allow the fabric space and room to stretch okay so once you’ve
done that it will look like this and again you can see that this looks a lot
better than the first way that we were doing it with a straight stitch so
here’s a comparison of solution number two number three and the original
problematic way that we were doing it and my number one recommendation for
hemming stretchy fabric is the twin needle
I love the twin needle and the pack that I have came with three different size
twin needles and basically each size determines how far apart each row of
stitches will be from each other my needles also came with this pintuck foot
but you could always just use like a regular straight stitch foot instead so
to install this foot the first thing you want to do is you want to lift the
original foot that you have and then you wanna just hold on to the foot and then
press the metal thing in the back of your machine and it’s gonna release your
foot now make sure that your needle is up before you even start this process
but it’s okay if it’s not now you want to line up the line of the pintuck foot
so that it’s underneath that little groove and then once you do that you’re
just going to lift the metal thing in the back and then you’re gonna bring
down your presser foot so that it grabs on to the pintuck foot and then once you
pull it up you’ll see that it’s been attached now if you check your accessories drawer you should be able to find this little tool and you’re going to use it
to loosen the needle make sure you hold onto your needle while you do this so
that it doesn’t fall through to the bottom where the bobbin is to install
the twin needle you want to make sure that the flat side is toward the back
and that the round side is towards the front and then you’re just going to take
it and you’re gonna put it inside of that little groove and then you’re gonna use your tool and you’re gonna tighten it but again make sure that your needle is
pushed all the way up to the top as far as it can go and you’re just gonna
tighten it into place with your little tool if you don’t have the tool you can use like a quarter or a coin or something and then you’re gonna thread
your machine the way that you normally would and you definitely want to make
sure to pass your thread through this little metal loop that’s super important
and then you’re gonna thread the needle on the left so to thread the second
needle you’re gonna need another spool of thread or simply a bobbin and you’re
gonna just thread your machine the same is exact way following the same steps but
the only difference this time and super important so that your threads do not
get tangled is that you’re not gonna put this thread through the loop you’re just
gonna skip that loop and you’re gonna directly pass the thread through the
needle on the right side so if you did it right it should look like this nice
and neat no tangles everything just in line and you want to switch that stitch
back to the straight stitch and that’s important because you don’t want to keep
it on the zig-zag stitch you might break your needle in that way
and for the width and the tension you want to keep it in the same setting as I
mentioned before and then obviously if you’re really doing this you want to use
pins but it’s okay for the sake of this tutorial and then you’re just going to
put that foot down pull the needles down as well do not stretch the fabric and
just use your fingers to guide it and that is it and when you’re done it will
look like this beautiful nice and professional and on the other side you
can see that it created a sort of zig zag stitch so as you can see my rows of
stitches are pretty close together so if you want your rows farther apart you
just want to use a bigger needle okay my bonus tip for hemming stretchy fabric is
the iron okay if you iron your hem as your final step you’ll get a flat lay
and a very professional look to it so guys let me know which one of these
solutions you’re going to use and of course thank you so much for watching
and be sure to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already
ciao

100 thoughts on “3 Ways on How to Hem Stretchy Fabric WITHOUT IT Getting Wavy (no serger) || SHANiA

  1. Hello, great how to! I noticed at least one mention of someone saying Not to use a straight stitch foot, but a zigzag foot for the twin needle, so as a professional I wanted to comment for clarification of what I am sure they meant. The foot that is the "default" foot and the one that is being used in the video is technically called a Zigzag foot. Because it's the foot that almost everyone uses for all stitching, many people call it a straight stitch foot. A true straight stitch foot is pretty much a solid plate with one small hole in the center, You can Only do a center aligned straight stitch with it or your needle will hit the foot and break. No one really uses it…

  2. Hey, I loved your tutorial! Suggestion for your future clips would be to lower the music… it was really competing with your wisdom. Loved the tunes, just need to really background it a bit. Chow!

  3. For me the best way to get a nice smooth seam is lower the pressure foot. Normally it is an 6, with stretchy fabric I lower it to 2. And then no problem at all!! Ofcourse use a stretch stitch or zigzag stitch. The use of a pintuck foot I donot really understand. What would it do?

  4. Fantastic close up camera angles! I really appreciate this! It looks like what I would see if I was sewing. I can't believe more people don't film close up like this. Outstanding! Girl you need your nails done though lol.

  5. Going to try the twin needle, I like the finished look. Might throw in some decorative thread as well. Was wondering if you have any tutorials on using decorative threads, invisible and elastic threads?.

  6. Shania, you have a really good voice for tutorials. Also, you explain things clearly. Good job! I agree with other comments… you don't need that music.

  7. Thank you for the very informative how to video. I am new to sewing with a sewing machine and am not good at heming stretchy fabric. I am making my sons onsies into t-shirts and need to hem the bottom for a clean look and this tutorial helped a lot! Thank you so much for the great tips!

  8. And I thought you could use a twin needle for zig-zag stitches! :O good to know so I don't tear up my machine!

  9. Another easy way to prevent wavy edges is to put inexpensive tissue paper underneath your fabric and stitch away! Easy-peasy and it works great – pulls right off. I love using a twin needle for hemming knits as the finish looks great and is very similar to hems made with a cover stitch machine. When sewing knit seams, a very small width twin needle is excellent. I find it has more stretch than a zigzag or a machine stretch-stitch, although sometimes it depends on the knit as well, as knits have different ratios of stretch.

  10. Thank for that information, I like your presentation but I just can not stand your background music🌨it would be nicer to have music if at all, to suit your soothing voice, and not so loud, just saying.🌸🌼🌸

  11. OMG, why did you decide to add that noisy music, it's so distracting. Do yourself a favor, you're a good teacher, so, you don't need the music, you're good just by yourself. God Bless and thanks for the lesson.

  12. The instruction is great but the background music is distracting and annoying, I had a hard time concentrating on the instruction because it was too crazy and loud.

  13. I loved your tutorial I just learned how to use these double needles that I've had for a couple years just sitting around the house thanks so much ❤️

  14. OMG

    You are amazing , professional
    And believe me I always scared to use double needle, I say no no never 😬 but you give me strength and confidence to say
    I can do it

    Thank you 🙏 💐🌷💐

  15. I never ever use a zig-zag stitch….I use a universal needle and a 3.5 straight stitch…..mine never pucker…..

  16. OK. I loved the video. I can't afford an electric machine, so I use an old Singer- the one with the pedal. It doesn't have options, so no zigzag, no double needle. But thanks.

  17. Yikes, so hard to concentrate on what your saying because of the loud music that's playing why you talk.

  18. Just came across your video. It was super helpful! I am just now learning how to sew. Do you have a tutorial about sewing satin fabrics?

  19. Finally someone showing how to use a twin needle! And the magic tape. This is the best video for stretch fabric and I've been watching them forever! Thank you.

  20. Thank you for the advice, I am making pic covers for cancer patients, trying to keep them as cheap as possible. 👍😁

  21. I never know basic sewing machine can use twin needle! Better put those needle in my shoppingcart~~~~ thanks! ☆

  22. This is such a good tutorial! I must say ironing is neglected so much by amateurs. Ironing every seam after stitching, ups your game a LOT!

  23. Excellent – thank you so much ! I love that tape – I have some lovely knit fabric that I've just been too scared to use in case I ruin it, but will use the tape method. I've subbed.

  24. Very informative! 💕BUT, PLEASE edit out the background noise- I can't even say that is music. Very annoying.

  25. I agree with others that music is very distracting if a person is talking throughout a tutorial. But you know your stuff, thanks!

  26. I've been looking for a twin needle tip on an ordinary sewing machine with no extra threads, finally I found it in your tutorial. thanks.

  27. great tutorial and comparison. Can't wait to try the sticky tape method. I like your soft voice but the background music was very distracting and often hard to hear you. Also your worn out polished nails was distracting me for some reason. Otherwise, thank you for the wonderful tips.

  28. You have the same machine as me. I did not know that it could take a double needle, I will have to get one. Thanks

  29. What kind of video editing software do you use? (i.e. Were the circular arrows self – made? ooorr…). P.S. Love the bio. Sounds like me. Lol I just don't make videos. Thinking about it. Thank you so much! Keep doing you 🙂

  30. Oh, wow! Thank you so much for the hint about the tape! That made ALL the difference in sewing a knit jumper for my granddaughter!

  31. This is a terrific video but the background music is a deal breaker. Good info though. I really can use this.

  32. I know I’m late to the video but this was absolutely the clearest, most useful info on this topic that I’ve found! Thank you! (I’ve been researching this topic for a day and a half no kidding and I found all kinds of info, but none of it as good!) After I purchase my thread I can confidently hem up my new dress and finally wear it!

  33. Thanks to your wonderful tutorial, I got up the nerve to finish my second ever knit dresse's hem with the double needle method. It looks so professional, I love it! Thank you again!

  34. That double sided tape… I have the same exact brand but I accidentally got the permanent one, not the wash away one. Will this make a difference when I sew with it? If so, negative or positive? I got it to keep zippers in place when I sew them into zippered pockets or anything else because from what I’ve heard A LOT on here, if you use pins to hold them, it will make the zipper pucker up versus lay flat. I’m hoping I didn’t make a major mistake. Also, I’ve got some beautiful coral colored stretchy knit fabric that I really want to make my first garment with. It is stretchy (one way stretch). From what I have been told and from what I’ve seen on here, you need to use a ball point needle with it, which I did buy. Now, I’ve got the same exact pack of 3 twin needles set with the pintuck foot (what the heck is it for?!?!?! Lol) now…. I want to use it on the jersey knit but it has sharp pointed needles on the twins (as you know because you have the same one). Do you have any good advise for this? Should I just stick with the ball point needle or should I try the twin needle when I sew that garment, whatever it may be?

  35. Great video … very clear instructions. However, on the twin needle method you didn't mention to use the wonder tape too, but it really is a nicer look in the end. Also, the wider the twin needle the easier it is to encase the raw edge between the two lines of stitching, and underneath the zigzag for an even cleaner look! These two little extras may seem fussy to a beginner but actually make it easier to sew a hem and boosts confidence in skill level.

  36. Shania, God bless you for posting a clearly explained how to! I was never good at sewing, just knew the basics enough to sew costumes for my kids as they grew up. They’re about your age now, maybe older than you. Now my daughter asked to learn more about sewing, and while I can show her the basics, I will also recommend watching your videos! You’re a tremendous help! Thank you!

  37. Hi. so tell me why when I sew elastic ( they tell you to pull it) that it always causes my machine to bunch.?

  38. Saving me right now with this video as I am super basic in understanding my sewing machine and a beginner… but boom! I can fix my costume just in time. Music didnt distract me. Thanks grrl!

  39. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ Awsome tricks! Should have looked at and listened to my mother, when se was making clothes for my sisters and I. Now, I have Youtube. Thank you so much! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  40. Wow you educated me how to use that twin needles. i was thinking ill be needing a different or special kind of machine for it. thank you.

  41. Glad that you made this tutorial as I am looking for solution how to use twin needle on my singer seeing machine. I will try it out👍🏻

  42. The music is too loud and distracting. You message is not getting clearly across. I had to mute the sound and read the closed captions.

  43. thanks for the video- and clear instruction. I actually enjoyed the music- but also appreciate people doing things the way they feel comfortable. I also appreciate you taking your time to record this. Keep doing what you're doing : ).

  44. I'm an old lady whose been sewing since 1969 love your videos. Always interesting. Sometimes we get into a rut and don't keep an eye out on new things. Thanks

  45. Please….get rid of the music, and because you are shooting a lot of super close-ups of your hands – redo your fingernail polish – or take it off completely. Looking at chipped polish is distracting. Otherwise, your video is nice.

  46. If the fabric balloons when you sew, it's because your tension is not right. Most likely you have to reduce it, it's probably too high. Most people put the tension at a certain degree and don't touch it but you have to calibrate the tension every time you sew since one fabric is different than the next

  47. This was really helpful. You were the only one who explained what settings to use for the machine. I found your video the best. It was helpful. I didn't even practice.

  48. I love your editorial on: “How to hem stretchy fabrics.”
    I’ve been sewing off and on through out the years.
    I don’t have anyone that can teach me the proper way to sew.
    UTube helps me a lot. Specially with finding talented people like you. That likes to inform helpful ideas.
    Thanks,
    Lacy

  49. This is very informative on a skill I've really struggled to acquire! ! Can't wait for my son-in-law to finish repairing the Golden Touch-and-Sew my daughters found for me. An antique, like me, but the machine I know by far the best.
    p.s. I thought I was the only doofus who uses the zig-zag foot for *everything*.

  50. Omg this video!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! Also, I wasn’t bothered by the music at all. I tuned into your voice and out of the music. 💖

  51. I used your first method for hemming my husband's stretchy workout pants. Worked like charm. Thank you for the demo.

  52. What's with the ridiculous music..what a waste of what could of been a good upload..fighting to concentrate with that stupid background sound🙄

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