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Linda S. -> Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/3/2018 2:40:27 PM)

I have a little baby gown I'm finishing up, and as an after thought I'd like to
add some trim to the bottom. The trim is an embroidered swiss insertion about
1 3/4 inches wide....and of course, the trim has straight edges.

If I've done this before, I can't remember, but it seems like I might run into
trouble getting the straight insertion to attach without some puckers on this
curved hem. The gown is very small, making the curve more prominent.

Any thoughts on this, about how to attach? I thought of using fagoting to
attach it, but didn't really want to go to the trouble if I don't have to. My
thought is that the slight difference (between the straight edge and the
curve) would be evened out by the fagoting.

Am I over-thinking or just worrying about nothing? Thanks so much for your

I should add the fabric for the gown is cotton sateen, and the hem is unfinished.
The insertion would go above the curved line for the hem edge.

caaguirre -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/3/2018 7:17:13 PM)

Linda, can you press a curve into the trim? If not, then how about some tiny pleats or slight gathering to accommodate the curves?

Linda S. -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/4/2018 11:34:45 AM)

I might be able to press a little curve in it, if I removed the straight stitching that runs
along the side of the insertion/embroidery piece. Don't know how much that will help
though, since the embroidery trim is on on-grain fabric.

What about putting a bias trim of some kind on either side? That would make a little wiggle
room, wouldn't it? Like a bias tube or just a bias strip of the trim color maybe. The small
checked print I used for the neckline and to make tiny piping (and I do mean "tiny" LOL!)
is light weight...but I could make it work.

Am I over-thinking this?

This gown is pretty much finished except for the hem, so I don't want to mess it up. And my
trim was pretty pricey. I just know it would bug me to see little puckers along the insertion.

NormaK -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/5/2018 9:25:45 AM)

No answers here, but I'm looking forward to learning what you figure out.

caaguirre -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/5/2018 3:49:05 PM)

I guess it might come down to try and see. Maybe you can do a little test with scrap fabric to see what works. I've seen Martha do lace shaping using that little header thread but the slight gathering disappears in the final design so I wonder if that would happen with your hem area.

SewLynn -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/6/2018 10:24:06 AM)

There's a thread in the insertion edge that you can pull up gently to create a curve.

DDinDFW -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/6/2018 1:39:57 PM)

I was wondering if there would be a thread in the header, like when lace-shaping.

Linda S. -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/7/2018 8:33:25 AM)

Thank you ladies for your help. This is a 2 inch wide swiss embroidery. I guess I shouldn't
have called it "insertion", even though that's how I'm going to use it.

I've set this one aside until the little light bulb goes on ; ). If it were not so plain looking I'd
forget about adding something at the hemline. But in trying to make it for a little boy, and
not overly frilly...I made it not special enough. I've used tiny tucks with some even smaller
piping sewn into them at the neckline/bodice area (there is actually no's a raglan
sleeve). And there are very small buttons going down the middle of the tucks. The binding
on the neckline and sleeve edge is blue micro-check.

Anyway, the look is just very tailored and not fancy enough. I thought perhaps I could
use the swiss trim with crosses and a symbol representing the Holy Spirit at the hemline
to spruce it up....but this dog gone curved hem ; ).

caaguirre -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/7/2018 5:05:38 PM)

How about some matching piping or binding on that hem? That would dress it up a little bit more and coordinate with the existing trim.

SewLynn -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/7/2018 5:57:56 PM)

Can you show us a picture? That might inspire us.

Linda S. -> RE: Question: Attaching trim to a curved hemline (2/12/2018 9:44:59 PM)

Thanks for the idea Carol. I've not returned to this project because hubby has had my
Janome 8000 taken apart and it's pieces are taking up the whole dinning room table lol!
Since that's where I sew now, there went my sewing spot. I don't mind's well
worth it to finally get my favorite old sewing machine up and going.

But I've been thinking about this, and I might just take Carol up on her suggestion. The
swiss embroidery I thought about using might look out of place, all alone down there without
anything to tie it in. There are tiny little blue crosses between the pleats under the neckline
and the swiss embroidery had white crosses alternating with three intersecting trinity symbols.
I'll use my swiss insertion piece on another gown.

I have enough of the blue & white micro-check to make a trim at the bottom and it will lay
nice and flat for me. Thanks so much for listening to me and helping me brainstorm. It
helps more than you know : )

Lynn, I wish I could post a picture here but am embarrassed to say, I've never been able
to figure out how!

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