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Hemming Jeans

Learn The Basics, Sewing Projects, Tips & Hints, Uncategorized

One of the most common garment alterations is hemming jeans. Whether it’s tailoring a pair of designer jeans, or hemming up some hand-me-downs for the kids, there probably comes a time sooner or later when you’ll want to hem a pair of jeans! Hemming jeans by machine, however, can present particular challenges, so we’ll show you a couple of methods and also share some tips for success. Regardless of the method you choose, be sure to use the right needle in your sewing machine – either a SINGER Denim needle (size 16) or a SINGER Heavy Duty needle (size 18), to help accommodate the thickness you’ll be sewing.

There are 2 main ways to hem jeans:

•  One way is to hem the jeans by removing the original hem. In this technique, you basically cut off the existing hem, fold up the hem and then topstitch it in place. The manufacturer’s original hem is cut away, and the end result is a neat looking hem, but the jeans will no longer have the “distressed” look of the original jeans.

•  The other way to hem the jeans is to do so and keep the original hem. In this technique, you basically take up the excess fabric, shortening the jeans, but keeping the original hem intact. The manufacturer’s original distressed look hem is preserved.

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Hemming Jeans & Removing the Original Hem

1.  You’ll need scissors, pins, a removable fabric marker and the right style/size of sewing machine needle (as mentioned above). Also, for this style of hem, the topstitching will show so you’ll want the thread to match as closely as possible to the rest of the topstitching that appears on the jeans. Some thread manufacturers actually have jeans thread available to match that used in store-bought jeans. This special jeans thread is thicker than all-purpose tDSC_0091hread (another reason you’ll want the large sewing machine needle). You can use regular sewing thread in the bobbin.

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2.  Fold up the jeans to determine the desired finished hem length. Don’t cut yet. Pin them in place, then try them on in front of a mirror, with the shoe height that you plan to wear with the jeans. Adjust the hem as necessary.

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3.  Mark the finished length desired for the jeans using either pins or a removable fabric marker. Open out the hem and trim away the original hem, leaving a 1” hem allowance.

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4.  At this point, you can do either of 2 things to prepare the hem.

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a)  You can fold the fabric up ½”, then ½” again and press. Pin in place, and it’s ready to be topstitched. The seams with this method can become quite bulky. If the jeans you are hemming are very thick, you may prefer method (b).

b)  OR, to help eliminate bulk at the side seams, where the fabric thickness can become very, very thick, try this method of preparing the hem. Cut the hem allowance down to approximately ½”. Thread the top of the machine and bobbin with regular sewing thread. Use an overedge stitch or serger to finish off the raw edge of the fabric.

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5.  Pin the fold in place. Thread the top of the machine with jeans thread, regular thread in the bobbin. Convert the machine to free-arm mode, which will make it easier to sew around the hem. Select the straight stitch, and then set the stitch length to a medium-long setting. Sew around the hem area at the desired distance from the bottom edge to finish.

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Hemming Jeans & Keeping the Original Hem

1.  You’ll need scissors, pins, a removable fabric marker and the right style/size of sewing machine needle (as mentioned above). You can use regular sewing thread in the bobbin, as there is no need for the topstitching thread with this technique.

2.  Try on the jeans and determine the desired finished length and pin it in place.

3.  Measure the distance from the desired finished length’s fold line to the very bottom edge of the distressed hem. For our demonstration, the distance is 3”. Mark a line on the jeans with the removable fabric marker.

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4.  Lay the jeans on the table. Measure the size of the original hem from the very bottom edge to the topstitching line. As this is usually about ½”, double this to equal 1”, and then mark a line 1” above the first line that you drew on the jeans.

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5.  Fold up the jeans so that the very bottom edge of the hem is lined up with the top line drawn on the jeans. Pin in place.

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6.  Thread the machine with regular sewing thread in the needle and in the bobbin. Convert the machine to free-arm mode, with will make it easier to sew. With the machine set for straight stitch, sew around the hem, right next to the original hem.

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7.  When finished, sew an overedge stitch and trim the excess fabric.

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8.  Remove the fabric marker line, then press the original hem down. The fold line will be barely noticeable!

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Decorative Stitch Inspiration

Learn The Basics, Sewing Projects, Tips & Hints, Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered what do to do with all those “fancy” stitches on your sewing machine?  You know what to do with the basic stitches, like straight stitch, zig-zag – even the buttonholes – but what about all those decorative stitches?  Well, after taking a closer look at this quilt, you just might be inspired with some fresh new ways of looking at your machine’s decorative stitches, and giving them a try for yourself!

This quilt features an appliqued tree design with lots of multi-colored leaves, along with a few birds.  These elements were stitched to the base fabric with various methods of machine applique.  But, before these various elements were appliqued to the base fabric, most were first transformed by being embellished with decorative machine stitching!

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The stitching on the tree trunk and branches was done with thread colors similar to those found in the fabric, providing a more tonal effect.  The rayon thread provides a bit of sheen, creating even more dimension.

Notice that some of the leaves were made using a print fabric, without any added embellishment.  Other leaves have a striped pattern, enhanced with contrast stitching.  Still other leaves were simply basic, solid colored fabric, but changed with the addition of multiple rows of decorative stitching.

You can use various stitch patterns and thread colors, combined in countless ways, to create all sorts of different looks depending on the effect you want to achieve.  Use a light, tear-away stabilizer to help prevent dense stitching from puckering under the presser foot.  It’s best to use either a Satin Foot or an Open Toe Foot for decorative stitching.  These feet have a “groove” on the underside, allowing the dense stitching to pass freely underneath and not get stuck.

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The tree trunk and branches were then appliqued to the main fabric with the satin stitch applique method, which is done by satin stitching (zig-zag stitch with reduced stitch length setting) over the raw edge of the applique to completely cover it.

The leaves were sewn to the main fabric with the blind stitch applique method, which is done by first turning and pressing the raw edges under, then using the machine’s blind stitch to sew the appliques in place.  Bird & Eggs

Finally, the machine was converted to free-motion sewing mode, to quilt the layers together.  You can use a free-motion design that complements the overall design of the quilt, or just do basic stipple quilting.  Just add the borders and binding to finish!Leaves

Share with us what you have done with decorative machine stitching!

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SINGER® FUTURA™ “Embroidery Made Easy” Newsletter (October 2014)

Embroidery Made Easy, Learn The Basics, Sewing Projects, Tips & Hints, Uncategorized

Fall is Here!

Who doesn’t love the beautiful colors of autumn? Splashes of yellows, golds and reds paint the landscape around us. Those beautiful colors are also a reminder that the holiday season is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start your holiday sewing, and what could be better than creating your projects with your SINGER® FUTURA™sewing & embroidery machine? This month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy  will expand on a few of the functions that are available in the AutoPunchTM Draw Package. Because there are so many tools to use in the Draw Package, we are narrowing it down to some of the basic drawing tools. These tools provide you with the ability to create basic shapes to use with the  AutoPunchTM digitizing wizard.

In addition, you’ll use your new skills to create a beautiful napkin ring that is perfect for your fall table.  Then, you’ll learn how to use the Trace Design function in this month’s Inside Your Software article.

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SINGER® FUTURA™ “Embroidery Made Easy” Newsletter (September 2014)

Embroidery Made Easy, Learn The Basics, Sewing Projects, Tips & Hints, Uncategorized

Basic Drawing Tools

There are a lot of features that are built into the software for your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing & embroidery machine. Our goal is to explore these features, so that you get the most out of your machine. This month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy will expand on a few of the functions that are available in the AutoPunch™ Draw Package. Because there are so many tools to use in the Draw Package, in this issue we are narrowing it down to some of the basic drawing tools. These tools provide you with the ability to create basic shapes to use with the AutoPunch™ digitizing wizard.

In addition, you’ll use your new skills to create a beautiful border for this month’s project, a handy case for your tablet. Then, you’ll learn how to use the Show/Hide function in this month’s Inside Your Software article.

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The Sewing Party! You’re invited to the first ever online DIY event in history!

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The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history!

 

SINGER is proud to be a part of this amazing event!  On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and up-cycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and many more!

Visit The Sewing Party website to watch a video, see the classes and learn how to sign up!

Let’s Party!

** This year’s event is for the US only. We hope to party with the entire world at a future date!