It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been doing a lot of sewing in between growing babies, having babies, and feeding babies. :) Specifically, these two guys:
I love it! The blue firefighter's print is from Hancock (got it for $3 or $4 a yard) and the red is actually cut from a jersey twin XL sheet I found at the thrift store for $3!
Right now, the project that has made its way back to my sewing machine is re-hemming two pair of pants. You know how the bottom of a hen will start to fray, especially in the back?
Well, my father-in-law brought me two pairs to see if I could shorten them about 1/4-1/2 inch to keep them from fraying anymore. Here's what I did...
1. Seam rip the hems
2. Zig-zag stitch (I used the widest stitch and almost as close together as possible) over the former bottom edge of the pants, where the fraying is happening. This should help make sure the frayed section doesn't catch on the heel of your shoe and start to rip more. (You can see it better in the finished picture ;) I just drew it in place here so it would show up).
Also, I've recently learned that sewing clips or hairpins are AWESOME for holding things in place while sewing...faster than pins and doesn't damage the fabric (or your hand when you get stabbed...)