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  • Velvet and stitching hems

    Perhaps I'm being too picky, but my tiny slip stitches are really showing on a particularly shiny velvet I'm making into curtains. Is there any way around this?

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    There may not be a way to have completely 'invisible' stitches - a shiny velvet is perhaps the worst combination to catch the light and show any little dimples. I usually make a deep single hem with velvets and use herringbone to stitch, doing my utmost not to put it under too much tension.
    Louise


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    • #3
      Thanks Louise. It's so unforgiving! Do you find that herringbone stitch shows up less?

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      • #4
        I may be imagining it (!) but I feel herringbone makes it easier to create a secure hem with more even tension. So if done carefully with trying hard not to over-pull each stitch (or catch the thread during the process!) then you can make it slightly looser hence less chance to dimple.

        But I could be deluding myself ....... !
        Louise


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        • #5
          Hi.

          I tried this and it worked really well. I still have tiny dimples, but they're much less obvious than slip stitches.
          Thank you so much!

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          • #6
            Pleased to hear that! A few months ago I did have to make some dark green blackout curtains in a shiny velvet from Terry's (COM) which were not my cup of tea at all.......but this is how I hemmed them and thought they looked OK. I had to herringbone the selvedges where the widths joined too so was more than ready to move on to the next project.
            Louise


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