I’ve been working on a top out of a soft rayon jersey with a phenomenal drape. Everything was going so smoothly… until I got to the hem. My first attempt at hemming the knit top was to use a band. That hem looked great, but when I tried on the finished top, I realized it was much too long. I’d added extra length when cutting out the top, figuring I’d try on the top just before sewing on the hem band to double check the length, but, of course, I forgot and sewed on the hem band without ever trying on the top in my excitement to be finishing.
I cut off the hem band and resewed it on a bit higher, but this time it looked awful. The band was all stretched out and the seam was wavy. When I cut the band off a second time, I decided I actually preferred the top without a band. So, instead of cutting a new band, I folded the hem over and stitched it down with my machine. But, it was really wavy again, having been stretched out by my machine.
I figured I had one more try before the hem got uncomfortably short, so I turned to Sandra Betzina for help. I just love her More Fabric Savvy book. It was recommended to me at my first sewing class way back when, and I should really pull it out every time I’m using a new-to-me fabric.
It suggested using Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, which I’d never tried before. I ran to Pacific Fabrics and picked some up.
For some reason I was surprised that it’s made by the same company that made the all cotton batting I used in my Hot Potato! post. (An even bigger surprise – what happens when you use the wrong materials to make a microwavable potato bag!)
Anyway, it was amazing. I was finally able to get a nice looking hem – without needing to use a band – on my new knit top. I was so happy with the results that I grabbed my previously unhemmed BurdaStyle wrap top and hemmed it as well. I’d relegated that top to the back of my closet because the raw hem had started coming apart in the wash. I was also never quite happy with the neckline. Now that it also has a great hem, I’m auditioning fixes for the neckline. I’m excited to basically have two nice tops because of this wonder product! I’ll definitely be pulling this stuff out the next time I get a chance!
Have you ever used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2? What did you think?