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Sewing a zig-zag hem for jersey fabrics

Zig-zag hems


Sewing a hem on jersey fabric

Iron your jersey fabric flat because it always has a tendency to curl.  Iron up your desired hem before stitching.  You need to iron jersey very gently to avoid stretching it.  



Select zig-zag stitch on your machine.  Ideally you want to use a ball point needle when sewing jersey.  It prevents the jersey from laddering and stops the machine from skipping stitches.

Position your needle so one side of the zig-zag is just off the hem and the other side is on the hem.  You might want to practice on a scrap first.  Start stitching, being careful not to stretch the fabric as you sew. It always looks a little stretched when you finish sewing but a light press will improve the look.

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I used thin jersey in this example so selected a number 9/70 needle and a wider stitch. You may want to experiment on a scrap first to find the right stitch width and needle for your fabric.  

Sewing jersey for beginners


This technique is useful for sewing any weight of jersey fabric or knit fabrics – t-shirt material, sweat shirt fabric – basically anything stretchy.